Rep. David Scott, D-Ga., will become the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January.
Scott, who grew up living and working on his grandparents’ farm in South Carolina, will be the first Black person to lead the committee, his office said Dec. 3.
Scott has served on the House Agriculture Committee since 2003, chairing two subcommittees and working on the last three Farm Bills. He serves a district on the west and south sides of Atlanta.
Scott said his priorities would include trade, disaster aid, sustainable agriculture, nutrition assistance, crop insurance, small family farms, specialty crops, rural broadband and — echoing a concern of the incoming Biden administration — climate change.
“The fault lines dividing our rural and urban communities are running deep, and climate change is now threatening our nation’s food supply. As chairman, I will lead the fight to rise up and meet these challenges,” Scott said.
The National Corn Growers Association said Scott has been a strong supporter of the group's policy goals.
The top Republican on the Ag Committee in the 2021-2022 session will be Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.
Outgoing Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., had kind words for both new leaders.
“I have had the pleasure of working with G.T. on dairy and conservation issues, and I know he and David Scott will make a great team to lead the committee,” Peterson said.