Newly elected congressman Roger Marshall says his top priority in Washington is to secure a seat on the House Agriculture Committee.
He told The Associated Press that he wants to protect crop insurance and shape farm policy.
Marshall said he expects President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to lessen environmental regulations that farmers and agribusinesses find burdensome.
Marshall also looks forward to the debate over health care as Republicans push to replace the 2010 law championed by outgoing President Barack Obama.
But the Agriculture Committee seat looms large.
Marshall defeated GOP Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the August primary in the 1st District of western and central Kansas. Farm groups and voters turned on Huelskamp because his disputes with Republican leaders led to his being stripped of his Agriculture Committee spot.