State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) Monday was named the House Agriculture & Rural Development Committee’s Ranking Member, the House Minority’s highest ranking official on the legislative panel.


“I’m honored to be chosen to lead the Ag & Rural Development Committee for the Democratic Caucus,” said Rep. Patterson. “Agriculture is the 99th District’s number one industry, and is therefore greatly affected by legislation that will come through this committee. I will make it my priority to ensure our northeast Ohio interests are well represented in Columbus.”


The House of Representatives has 19 standing committees. House Republicans have slightly altered the committee structure for the 131st General Assembly, splitting state and local government into two separate committees and adding the Community and Family Advancement Committee.


House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton) announced today’s placements saying, “With this committee leadership in place, we have the right people in the right positions to take on the important issues facing Ohioans. These members have a strong, diverse and focused mix of talents and abilities that will contribute to a higher quality of life for everyday Ohioans. We are in a stronger position to make sure that all Ohioans can feel the promise and opportunity of our state.” 


Committee meetings are open to the public and held any time before or after House floor sessions. The full membership of committees will be announced at a later date.

 
 
 
  
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