House Ag Committee Elections

There are a number of House Agriculture Committee members who are in close races, including:

P. Scott Shearer, Vice President

November 5, 2012

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House Ag Committee Elections

There are a number of House Agriculture Committee members who are in close races, including:

·      Illinois 16:  Congressman Bobby Schilling (R) is facing Cheri Bustos (D).  This district includes the cities of Moline, East Moline, Rock Island, Freeport and parts of Rockford and Peoria.  This is considered a toss-up race at this time.

·      Iowa 3:  This is a battle between two incumbents – Congressman Leonard Boswell (D) and Tom Latham (R).  Boswell serves on the House Agriculture Committee and is ranking member of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management subcommittee.  He was first elected in 1996.  Latham is a member of the House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee and was first elected to Congress in 1994.  Both candidates are well-known in the agricultural community.  Current polls show this as a close race.

·      Iowa 4:  Congressman Steve King (R) is being challenged by Christie Vilsack (D).  King is a member of the House Agriculture Committee.  Vilsack is a school teacher and wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.  This race will be one of the most expensive congressional races in Iowa history.  The district has a Republican advantage, but the polls show this race to be close. 

·      North Carolina 7:  Congressman Mike McIntyre (D) is facing State Senator David Rouzer.  This district was redrawn with a Republican advantage.  However, McIntyre has received the endorsements of the National Rifle Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

·      North Carolina 8:  Congressman Larry Kissell (D) is being challenged by Richard Hudson a small business owner.  Republicans expect to gain this seat.

·      South Dakota:  Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R) is facing Matt Varilek (D).  The failure of the House of Representatives to pass a farm bill has been an issue in this race. 

The races in Illinois and Iowa could be influenced by how the presidential candidates do in those congressional districts.

Vote! It is very important that everyone vote in this election.  

About the Author(s)

P. Scott Shearer

Vice President, Bockorny Group, Inc.

Scott Shearer is vice president of the Bockorny Group Inc., a leading bipartisan government affairs consulting firm in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years experience in government and corporate relations in state and national arenas, he is recognized as a leader in agricultural trade issues, having served as co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for U.S.-China Trade and co-chairman of the Agricultural Coalition for Trade Promotion Authority. Scott was instrumental in the passage of China Permanent Normal Trade Relations and TPA. He is past chairman of the USDA-USTR Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products and was a member of the USAID Food Security Advisory Committee. Prior to joining the Bockorny Group, Scott served as director of national relations for Farmland Industries Inc., as well as USDA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs (1993-96), serving as liaison for the Secretary of Agriculture and the USDA to Congress.

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