MARQUETTE - The Upper Peninsula will have some representation on the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture.
U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, was named to the 45-member committee Thursday, along with six other Republican representatives.
Benishek said he was "deeply honored" by the selection.
"As a lifelong resident of Northern Michigan, I know just how important agriculture and farming is to our region," said Benishek, who was elected last month to a second term in Congress. "Over the past two years, I've had the privilege of visiting farms and meeting farmers all over the 1st District and learning more about their issues. I am committed to being a voice for Northern Michigan's farmers in Congress."
As the representative for Michigan's 1st District, Benishek represents the entire U.P. and a portion of the northwestern lower peninsula in Congress.
Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, said he was looking forward to working with Benishek.
"I am pleased that Congressman Benishek will be joining the House Agriculture Committee in the next Congress," Lucas said in a written statement. "The work of our committee affects every American and I look forward to working with Dan on these important issues."
Lucas was recently selected to serve a second term as chair of the committee, which holds jurisdiction over all agricultural issues, as well as forestry issues and the U.S. Forest Service.
"I am proud to have been fighting for Northern Michigan's farmers while in Congress," Benishek said. "I am looking forward to working with Chairman Lucas and my colleagues on the Committee in the 113th Congress to craft policies that will help our local farmers, loggers, and improve the economy in Northern Michigan."
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. His email address is kwhitney@miningjournal. net.