Lucas Becomes Ranking Member of House Ag Committee

Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas named the Republican leader of the House Committee on Agriculture for the 111th Congress.
Lucas succeeds Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who was required to step down by Republican Conference rules after three terms as his party’s leader on the Agriculture Committee, serving two as chairman.
As the Ranking Member on the Agriculture Committee, Lucas will serve as a policy leader for all areas of the committee’s jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of the House Agriculture Committee includes oversight of USDA and its various agencies and programs, such as the Conservation Reserve Program, Disaster Assistance, Rural Development, Livestock Compensation, and Crop Insurance and Food Safety. In addition, the committee has jurisdiction over the Food and Drug Administration and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission.
“I have long served as a strong voice for production agriculture,” said Lucas. “As the Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee, I will continue to work with both Republicans and Democrats to ensure that farmers and ranchers have the necessary resources to not only survive, but to thrive in this nation.”
This will mark Lucas’ ninth term as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, serving on it since he was first elected in 1994. Lucas is the second Oklahoman to serve as his party’s leader of the House Agriculture Committee.

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