By Sara Wyant

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Washington, Dec. 17 –The 112th Congress will come to order on Jan. 5, 2011 with dozens of new members. House Agriculture Committee Chairman-elect Frank Lucas of Oklahoma welcomed the new Republican members selected to serve on the House Agriculture Committee, noting that, “They represent a broad slice of the country and will bring that perspective as we address the issues facing production agriculture and rural economies.”

“The work of our Committee affects the lives of every American. We must work to ensure that there is proper oversight of the administration, that rural America has opportunities for job growth, and that our farmers and ranchers have the necessary tools and certainty they need to provide us with a safe, affordable, and abundant food, fiber, feed, and fuel supply," explained Lucas.

The new Republican members on the Agriculture Committee are:

Rick Crawford (AR)
Scott DesJarlais (TN)
Renee Elmers (NC)
Stephen Fincher (TN)
Bob Gibbs (OH)
Chris Gibson (NY)
Vicky Hartzler (MO)
Tim Huelskamp (KS)
Randy Hultgren (IL)
Reid Ribble (WI)
Martha Roby (AL)
Bobby Schilling (IL)
Austin Scott (GA)
Steve Southerland (FL)
Marlin Stutzman (IN)
Scott Tipton (CO)

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