It's official. Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow is back as chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee after the Senate finally approved an organization resolution Thursday afternoon. Stabenow last chaired the committee from 2011 to 2015.
Mike Seyfert has been tapped to lead the National Grain and Feed Association, President-elect Joe Biden has added additional members to the White House COVID-19 Response Team, and Carrie Castille becomes the permanent director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Farm country may ultimately help Republicans keep control of the Senate, as Rep. Roger Marshall defeated challenger Barbara Bollier in Kansas and Joni Ernst held on to her seat in Iowa against Theresa Greenfield. But some races are still undecided.
The battle over control of the Senate could pivot on several Republican farm-state seats. Democrats’ hopes to expand their House majority could be shaped by whether they can hold onto rural districts they carried in 2018 and pick off some GOP incumbents.
Rep. Roger Marshall withstood an onslaught of Democratic campaign spending to win the Republican nomination Tuesday for the Kansas Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts.