Pa. Congressman gets top spot in House Ag Committee

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Federal, Pennsylvania and local officials listened to concerns from dairy farmers and advocates at a meeting, on Aug. 12, 2019, at Mount Aloysius College, in Cresson, Pennsylvania. Pictured, from left, are: U.S. Rep. Fred Keller; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue; Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding; U.S. Rep. John Joyce; and U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson. (Rebecca Miller photo)

Pennsylvania Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson was elected as the top Republican in the House Agriculture Committee.

Thompson was elected ranking member Dec. 2. The full House GOP Conference ratified the decision Dec. 3. He is succeeding the retiring Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas).

“The challenges ahead of us are considerable, but we will continue to put farm families first and ensure our country has the most safe and affordable food supply chain on the planet,” said Thompson, who was elected in 2008.

National Milk Producers Federation and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association put out statements in support of Thompson’s new role in Congress and praised his track record of bipartisan legislative victories.

“GT has been a vocal and effective advocate for the needs of dairy farmers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country,” said Jim Mulhern, National Milk Producers Federation president, in a statement.

Thompson served as chairman of the conservation and nutrition subcommittees during the writing of the last two farm bills. Most recently he’s been the ranking member of the general farm commodities and risk management subcommittee.

His district is the state’s geographically largest congressional district, in north western and north central Pennsylvania. It covers portions of Armstrong, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Elk, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, McKean, Venango and Warren counties.

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