Georgia Democrat David Scott, who has been the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the past two years, has been elected as the panel's ranking member by his Democratic colleagues for the 118th Congress.

His election comes two weeks after Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., was selected by the House Republican Steering Committee as chairman for the next Congress.

Scott said he was pleased by the election and is “looking forward to working across the aisle to ensure that we are doing our best to meet the needs of producers and consumers” in the next farm bill.

“From the beginning of my tenure as chairman, I have made it a point to shine a light on the issues facing our country’s agriculture industry and our farmers, ranchers, and foresters,” Scott said in a statement. “I have held hearings on topics like climate change, broadband, and support for our new, small, and underserved producers to help steer our committee’s focus in a direction that would allow the agriculture industry in our country to thrive and compete in the 21st century.”

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He also said he was proud of congressionally approved funding for the industry included in the American Rescue Plan, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Serving as chairman of the committee has been an honor, and I look forward to continuing to advance the great and important work of the committee in my new position as Ranking Member,” Scott added.

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