Costa seeks House Ag chairmanship


Representative Jim Costa will seek to become the next chair of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

According to a news release Costa says “The Committee on Agriculture should reflect the changing landscape of agriculture in the United States.”

He goes on to say “As a third-generation farmer, I have the firsthand experience, expertise and passion to connect with rural Americans and lead this committee through the difficult challenges ahead.”

Costa serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture in the 116th Congress and is third in seniority on the committee.

He has played a significant role on the Agriculture Committee since he first joined in 2005, including serving on the conference committee for both the 2018 and 2014 Farm Bills.

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s current chair, Collin Peterson of Minnesota lost a re-election bid on Tuesday.