A familiar face to lead the House Agriculture Committee

Dec 23, 2020  | 3 min  | Ep4619
Congressman David Scott, who represents the 13th district in Georgia, will be the new leader when the 117th Congress gavels-in on January 5th.
Rep. David Scott, D – Georgia: ”Agriculture is the biggest economic force in 44 of our States. So I take on this responsibility with, uh, a great sense of urgency and significance and importance.”
Congressman Scott, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and has served on the House Agriculture Committee since 2003. Representative Scott believes agriculture will be the means to help solve several issues facing America.
Rep. David Scott, D – Georgia: So our very first hearing, I'm hoping we can get together. We'll be on climate change and to bring in all of the people that can help us to move forward.”
      As the first African-American chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Representative Scott plans to hold hearings to address claims of racial discrimination against USDA by some black farmers. The Congressman plans to invite former USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to testify. Vilsack has been nominated to take on the job for a second time to oversee the agency for the Biden Administration.
Rep. David Scott, D – Georgia: ”Now that I am chairman, now that he is secretary, it is foremost that our committee get and bring him into this hearing and allow many of the grievances that our black farmers have had. He can answer those. He has been a part of that challenge.”
      Republicans elected Pennsylvania Representative Glenn “G.T.” Thompson to be the committee’s ranking minority member. Next week, we will profile Thompson, who takes over for Representative Mike Conaway of Texas, who retires in January. 
      For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy.

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