Jerry Sonnenberg named House ag committee chairman |

Jerry Sonnenberg named House ag committee chairman

State Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, has been named the new chairman of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources committee.

“I am excited to chair the committee that handles the issues from the top two industries in the state. Both agriculture and the oil and gas industry are vital to our economy and I look forward to doing what I can to get government out of the way so they can do what they do best,” Sonnenberg said in a news release.

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee will be the committee of reference for a wide range of possible legislation ranging from energy to water and animal issues to environmental concerns.

Speaker Designee Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, praised Sonnenberg for his expertise on agriculture issues facing Colorado, noting he appointed a farmer as chair of the committee.

“As ag committee chairman, Jerry will be a tireless advocate for Colorado’s agricultural community and will capably navigate the complex natural resource issues Colorado faces,” McNulty said in the news release.

Sonnenberg was re-elected to his third term in the Colorado House earlier this month and is part of the new Republican majority.

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