Fischer, Smith join Senate Ag as Van Hollen leaves

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., will join the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., will leave the committee.

Fischer, R-Neb., takes a seat that has been held by Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala.

Strange, who was appointed to take the seat of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., when he became attorney general, was defeated in a primary by Roy Moore, who was, in turn, defeated in the general election by Democrat Doug Jones, who joined the Senate this month.

Fischer becomes the 11th Republican on the committee, which has 10 Democrats.

Smith, who was appointed to the seat of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who resigned, will take the seat of Van Hollen, who left for an assignment on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The appointments of Nebraska’s Fischer and Minnesota’s Smith and the departures of Alabama’s Strange and Maryland’s Van Hollen mean that the Midwest has increased its influence on the committee at the expense of the South and the East.

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