Roberts Steps Down as Ranking Ag Committee Member

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts announced Thursday he is stepping down as minority leader of the Senate Agriculture Committee but will still reside on it.

Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran, based on seniority, will replace Roberts pending confirmation.

Roberts said in a statement, “No matter whether I hold the gavel, or whether I am the ranking member or whether I am a senior member, agriculture has always been a top priority of my efforts in public service. Nothing will change that. My message to Kansas farmers and ranchers is that I will continue to be your voice and your champion at every turn.”