The House Ag Committee has added two new Republicans to its ranks.

In a statement, Rep. Mike Conaway, the committee’s top Republican, said Reps. Chris Jacobs and Troy Balderson have joined the ranks of the panel.

“Both understand the importance of supporting our farm families, and I look forward to working alongside Chris and Troy on behalf of rural America,” Conaway, a Texas Republican, said.

Rep. Balderson, R-Ohio, was first sworn into Congress in September 2018 after a special election to fill the seat originally held by former Ohio Rep. Pat Tiberi, who resigned from Congress to take a job heading the Ohio Business Roundtable. Balderson describes himself as a “principled conservative” with experience in the Ohio legislature. He also serves on the House committees on Transportation and Infrastructure; Science, Space and Technology; and Small Business.

Rep. Jacobs, R-N.Y., was sworn into Congress last week to fill out the term won in 2018 by Rep. Chris Collins, who resigned in 2019 after pleading guilty to charges of insider trading and lying to federal law enforcement. Jacobs has previous political experience in the New York legislature, as a school board member and county clerk, as well as a stint working in the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the George H.W. Bush administration.

The committee's Republican membership currently stands at 22 following the addition of Balderson and Jacobs, as well as the departure of Kentucky Republican James Comer. 

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