The new chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, as expected, will be Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Tuesday.
Reid also named ten more Democrats to serve on the committee when the new Democrat-led Congress convenes next year. The committee assignments, still subject to Republican consultations, are as follows: incumbents Sens. Pat Leahy,
Meanwhile, President Bush has nominated Mark Keenum as USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Services. Keenum, a longtime staff member and current chief of staff for Sen. Thad Cochran, R. Miss., would take the place of Dr. J.B. Penn, now chief economist for Deere & Co.