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U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) today announced that he will serve as a member on the House Agriculture Committee in the 112th Congress. He has also been appointed by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer as a Senior Whip.

I’m very excited to be taking on these new responsibilities,” Rep. McGovern said. “On the Agriculture Committee, I look forward to continuing my work on hunger, nutrition, food safety, and overhauling our agricultural subsidy policies. Historically, large commodity producers have had a seat at the table on the Committee. I will serve as a voice for the consumer and the family farmer. Everyone in the Third Congressional District – indeed, every single American – is a food consumer. They deserve vigorous representation in Congress."

Rep. McGovern is also co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, with Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) serving as the other co-chair.

Senior Whips are a group of senior Members and Caucus opinion leaders who meet once a week, when Congress is in session. During these meetings, the Senior Whips have a forward-looking, strategic discussion on some of the key issues facing Congress. Senior Whips will also be responsible for discussing upcoming legislation with members.

“I’m honored that Minority Whip Hoyer has asked me to be part of his team,” Rep. McGovern said. “I am eager to work with my other colleagues on the important issues of the day – especially creating jobs and strengthening the economy.”

Rep. McGovern will continue to serve as the second-ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee.