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Kansas Regains Seat As Marshall Appointed To House Ag Committee

Peggy Lowe
Roger Marshall visits last July with ag leaders who endorsed him.

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, a physician from Great Bend, Kansas, was selected Wednesday to serve on the House Agriculture Committee. Marshall defeated incumbent Tim Huelskamp in the August primary last year.

Marshall’s win in the “Big First” district was largely due to his support from the agriculture industry. The 1st Congressional District covers 63 counties in northern and western Kansas.

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Kansas' 1st Congressional District, shown in green, covers much of western and northern Kansas.

Marshall’s opponent, tea party-backed Tim Huelskamp, lost the support of many farm groups after he was booted off the house ag committee in 2012—the first time in the last century that Kansas did not have a presence there.

In a statement released after the announcement, Marshall said he was proud to deliver on the promise to regain Kansas' seat on the ag committee.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, told the AP that Marshall will be key to the consideration of the next farm bill. The group will also be responsible for taking up trade issues in the next Congress.

"I am glad to have him in the House riding shotgun for Kansas farmers and ranchers," Roberts said.


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Nadya Faulx is KMUW's Digital News Editor and Reporter, which means she splits her time between working on-air and working online, managing news on KMUW.org, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She joined KMUW in 2015 after working for a newspaper in western North Dakota. Before that she was a diversity intern at NPR in Washington, D.C.