Senator Andreas Borgeas of Fresno has become the lone Republican in either house to chair a policy committee. Reaching across the aisle, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins has selected Borgeas to head the Agriculture Committee.

“We need strong, effective advocates in Sacramento on behalf of our agricultural community,” Borgeas said in a statement. Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen praised Borgeas as a lawmaker who will work “in a bipartisan manner with all stakeholders to holistically address the critical matters affecting food and fiber production.”

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As one of only a handful of Republicans in the Senate, Borgeas will be stretched across seven other committees as well.

In a lesser role on the Ag Committee is Sen. Susan Eggman, who chaired Assembly Ag until terming out earlier this year and winning the open Senate seat in her Stockton district.