Huelskamp’s Dissertation Used Against Him in Re-election Bid

The two-decade-old dissertation of Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is being used against him as he seeks re-election.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Huelskamp rails against New Deal-era agriculture subsidies and price supports in his 400-page essay on congressional agriculture committees. He completed it while he was a Ph.D. student at American University in Washington.

To continue representing the 1st Congressional District of western and central Kansas, Huelskamp must overcome Great Bend obstetrician Roger Marshall in the Republican primary. One issue that’s emerged is Huelskamp’s removal from the House Agriculture Committee after he clashed with former Speaker John Boehner.

Marshall noted that Huelskamp, citing research from other scholars, said in his dissertation that the House and Senate agriculture committees “over-represent rural and agricultural interests.”

Huelskamp calls the dissertation questions “outrageous.”