Thompson Named to Agriculture and Small Business Committees

January 8, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson, R-Howard, today was appointed by the Republican Steering Committee to serve on the House Agriculture and Small Business Committees in the 111th Congress.

“I could not be more pleased and excited to serve on both the Agriculture and Small Business Committees,” said Thompson. “As the number one industry in Pennsylvania, I look forward to working with the agriculture community across the district in crafting fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly policies to strengthen family farming, the forest products and timber industry, and assist rural communities in Pennsylvania to create sustainable new jobs.”

The House Agriculture Committee is responsible for a wide array of issues from rural development to bioterrorism and regulation of the commodities markets.  The Committee also has jurisdiction over bio-fuels, agriculture research and development, the Allegheny National Forest and rural electrification. 

“Representing one of the premier agriculture sciences universities in the nation, I look forward to partnering with Penn State and its elite team of scientists in crafting legislation beneficial to the farming community and rural Pennsylvania,” continued Thompson.

As a member of the Small Business Committee, Thompson will have oversight and legislative authority over the Small Business Administration and its programs. This committee also provides support and assistance to small business owners and ensures that the Federal Government abides by procurement and contracting laws.

 “Small Business is the backbone of our economy, providing over 85 percent of our jobs. By sitting on this vital committee and working with my colleagues across the aisle, I am eager to enact pro-growth, smart government solutions in an effort to assist small business owners struggling to survive in this ailing economy.

 “Sitting on these two committees is a perfect fit for the Fifth District. I am enthusiastic about getting back to the district to reach out to small business owners and farmers and discuss their needs and concerns,” concluded Thompson.

For more information on the House Agriculture Committee click here, and for the Small Business Committee website, click here.