Canton Repository

January 10, 2006

Zack Space on House Agriculture Committee

By Paul M. Krawzak
Copley News Service

WASHINGTON Rep. Zack Space has obtained another desired committee assignment: a seat on the House Agriculture Committee, where he said he will have an opportunity to promote alternative fuels.

"Being on the Agriculture Committee gives me an opportunity to advocate for issues that are important to our district and our workers," said Space, D-Dover.

The freshman lawmaker, who succeeds convicted Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Heath, said he plans to push for greater use of ethanol, a corn-based additive to gasoline.

That will "hopefully translate into more markets for our products and more jobs for southeastern Ohio," he said.

House Democratic leaders also announced Tuesday that freshman Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-St. Clairsville, has been assigned to the Science Committee, and freshman Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Copley, will serve on the Budget Committee.

The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over agriculture and agribusiness and this year will be debating a reauthorization of the farm bill, which was last passed in 2002.

Space also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over highways, aviation, railroads and waterways and the Appalachian Regional Commission.