Rep. Shontel Brown, an Ohio Democrat who joined Congress after a November special election, is the newest member of the House Ag Committee.

Brown announced Wednesday she will join the House Agriculture and Oversight Committees. The former city councilor and Cuyahoga County Democratic party leader now represents the district vacated when former Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, left Congress to become the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

“I look forward to building upon the legacy of my friend and predecessor, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, by improving access to food for families and people in need,” Brown said in a release. “I am proud to continue in the tradition, stretching back to Shirley Chisholm, of Black women representing urban districts who have served on this committee, as Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi acknowledged in introducing my appointment.”

For her part, Pelosi said Brown would “carry on and advance the legacy of her predecessor, Secretary Marcia Fudge, to ensure that no child in America goes to bed hungry and to promote the health and financial security of all families.”

Brown was elected to Congress on Nov. 2 and sworn in Nov. 4.

The appointments came from the Democratic party’s steering committee and were approved by the party’s caucus Wednesday.

In a corresponding move. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., will be leaving the committee, keeping the party split at 27 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

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