ST. PAUL – Minnesota House Speaker-elect Kurt Daudt has appointed State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) as Chairman of the Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee.
“I am excited and humbled by this appointment and cannot wait to get to work for our farmers and residents in Greater Minnesota,” Hamilton said. “For the past two years ag and rural interests have been treated as an afterthought in state government, but that is about to change. House Republicans understand that rural Minnesota matters, and we are going to be promoting policies over the next two years that will truly improve the quality of life in Greater Minnesota.”
Hamilton said the Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee oversees and funds all state agriculture programs, including the budget of the Department of Agriculture. It will also work closely with two new Minnesota House committees – Agriculture Policy and Greater Minnesota Economic and Workforce Development Policy – to further prioritize the needs of farmers as well as workers and job providers in rural Minnesota.
Hamilton was recently elected to his 6th term in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He previously served as chairman of the Minnesota House Ag Finance Committee in 2011 and 2012.