2012 Election: Don’t Mess With Ag

Don't mess with Agriculture!The results of the 2012 elections prove one thing for victorious incumbents serving on the US House and Senate Agriculture Committees – and for any would-be challengers…

Don’t Mess With Agriculture!

A total 45 members currently serve on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee: 26 Republicans and 19 Democrats. Seven members of the committee will not return for the 113th session of Congress; one member announced his retirement and six were defeated in either their primary, or general election. North Carolina’s 7th congressional district will likely be recounted as Democrat incumbent and Agriculture Committee member, Mike McIntyre, leads challenger David Rouzer by 443 votes.

Republican House Ag Committee Members win with 62%

Incumbent Republican members of the US House Agriculture Committee defeated their challengers in the general election by an average margin of 62% to 37%.  Among Republican incumbents serving on the House Agriculture Committee, the Committee’s Chairman Frank Lucas received 75% of his district’s vote, but was bested by two Texans – Randy Neugebauer (TX-19) and Michael Conaway (TX-11) who garnered 85% and 79%, respectively, of favorable votes.

Democratic House Ag Committee Members win with 62%

Incumbent Democrat members of the US House Agriculture Committee defeated their challengers in the general election by an average margin of 62% to 36%.  Members who garnered the largest percentage of favorable votes in their respective districts include: Terry Sewell (AL-7) with 76%, followed by David Scott (GA-13) and Peter Welch (VT-1) who each received 72%.

A total 21 members currently serve on the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans. Three members of the committee will not return for the 113th session of Congress; two members announced their retirement and one was defeated in a primary election.

Senate Ag Committee Members win with 65%

Incumbent Democrat members of the US Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee handily defeated their challengers in the general election by an average margin of victory of 65% to 32%.  Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led incumbent members garnering 75% of favorable votes. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was second with 72%.

The Next Bout… 2014!

In the 2014 election cycle, Democrats must defend a total of 20 seats while Republicans must defend 13 seats.  Members of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee that will be up for re-election in 2014 include:

Democrats

  • Max Baucus, MT
  • Tom Harkin, IA

Republicans

  • Mitch McConnell, KY
  • Pat Roberts, KS
  • Thad Cochran, MS
  • Mike Johanns, NE

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