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Rep. Costa Will Serve on Ag, Natural Resources Committees

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Rep. Jim Costa ( center) tours Fowler Packing with company president Dennis Parnagian (left) and then U.S, Senator Kamala Harris in 2017. (GV Wire File)
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Even though Republicans now control the House, Fresno Democrat Jim Costa will serve on two of his preferred committees in the 118th Congress.

Costa said Tuesday afternoon that he will be a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.

In addition, Costa was appointed to Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries, a subcommittee of the Natural Resources Committee.

“As a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I will continue to do all I can to fix our broken water system, protect our public lands, and safeguard our energy security for the future,” said Costa in a news release.

Costa has served on the committee since he joined the House in 2005.

Costa Will Have a Voice in Farm Bill

Regarding his appointment to the ag committee, Costa said: “I look forward to working across the aisle to craft the upcoming farm bill, leading the charge to fight hunger, and delivering results for farmers, small businesses, and rural America.”

This will be the fourth farm bill that Costa has participated in drafting. The farm bill has a broader sweep than its name implies. The legislative package also involves biotechnology, nutrition, and broadband, and is important to America’s rural communities.

On Monday, Rep. David Valado (R-Hanford) announced that he will serve on two of the most powerful committees in the House — appropriations and budget.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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