‘GT’ named vice chair of House Ag Committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson has been named vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 115th Congress.

The Republican from Howard in Centre County whose mostly rural 5th Congressional District is among the largest geographic districts east of the Mississippi, had most recently oversaw the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry in the 114th Congress.

“I am honored to be named vice chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture,” Thompson said. “I look forward to continuing my work in this Congress with our dedicated and knowledgeable Chairman Conaway who leads the committee’s important work to represent rural America. Our farmers, ranchers and growers are the foundation of this great nation, and they play an essential role in the lives of everyday Americans. Representing rural Pennsylvania, it is a privilege for me to be one of the leading voices in the House of Representatives on these critical issues.”

House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, made the announcement on Thompson on Wednesday morning as he welcomed six new members of Congress to serve on the Agriculture Committee.

Conaway said that Rep. Thompson is experienced and “… is always working on behalf of agriculture – both on and off the committee. His experience from serving three terms as Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, as well as his diligent work to improving the nation’s production agriculture system are of great value to me and the committee.”

The six new House Agriculture Committee members are: Rep. Jodey Arrington, representing Texas’ 19th District; Rep. Don Bacon, representing Nebraska’s 2nd District; Rep. James Comer, representing Kentucky’s 1st District; Rep. Neal Dunn, representing Florida’s 2nd District; Rep. John Faso, representing New York’s 19th District; Rep. Roger Marshall, representing Kansas’ 1st District

“This is a great group of incoming and returning members, both for the Agriculture Committee and the Republican conference as a whole,” Conaway said. “Their diverse backgrounds will be integral as the committee goes to work – from protecting the farm safety net for producers, to ensuring the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) works to help lift families out of poverty, to rolling back burdensome regulations that strangle businesses. I am confident in the team we have assembled, and I look forward to working alongside my new colleagues.”