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U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson smiles for a photo at the Oaks at Eagle Creek in Willmar on Sept. 20. Erica Dischino / Forum News Service

Peterson elected chairman of House ag committee

WASHINGTON — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has been elected chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

It's the second time the 74-year-old dean of the Minnesota congressional delegation has served as the leader of the agriculture panel, first serving from 2007 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been the ranking member of the committee and played a key role in passing the farm bill late last year, as well as in previous years.

"There is no shortage of work to be done. There is a new farm bill to implement, a growing economic storm in farm country to address and the ongoing harm of a trade war to alleviate, not to mention the range of unforeseen issues that will test the mettle of the people we’re here to serve, " he said in a statement on Friday, Jan. 4.

"Our job will be to work together with Republicans to provide responsible oversight of the administration, and pragmatic solutions for all points in the farm and food supply chain. I look forward to the challenge and I’m excited to get to work," he said.

Peterson was first elected to the House in 1990.

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