Cindy Axne appointed to House Agriculture Committee after King’s removal

Iowa Rep. Cindy Axne will serve as the lone Iowa representative on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee after Rep. Steve King was removed from committee assignments.


Lily Smith

Iowa 3rd Congressional District-elect Cindy Axne speaks to supporters during the statewide Democratic candidates' watch party at Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Nov. 6, 2018.

Sarah Watson, Politics Reporter

One of Iowa’s newly elected representatives in Congress, Rep. Cindy Axne, a Democrat, will be serving on the House Agriculture Committee after Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was removed from the committee.

She will be the only Iowa representative on the agriculture committee as Iowa farmers face challenges like a few-years-long slide in commodity prices and a recent trade war impacting Iowa farmers’ top trading partners.

The assignments were released Wednesday by House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Axne called her assignment “great news” in a tweet Thursday morning.

Her appointment to the committee comes after House Republicans stripped King of his committee assignments on Monday in response to comments condoning white supremacy and white nationalism King made to the New York Times last week.

King had been a member of the agriculture committee since he was first sworn into office in 2003.

In a press call to reporters Wednesday, Iowa’s senior U.S. senator, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the voters should decide on King’s removal from Washington.

Axne will also serve on the financial services committee.

Iowa’s other newly-elected representative, Abby Finkenauer, a Dubuque Democrat, will serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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