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Cattle Industry's Colin Woodall Says Congressman Mike Conaway Has Earned a Lot of Respect- and Will Be Sorely Missed

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 22:08:45 CDT

Cattle Industry's Colin Woodall Says Congressman Mike Conaway Has Earned a Lot of Respect- and Will Be Sorely Missed On the sidelines of the summer business meeting of the Cattle Industry, Radio Oklahoma Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Colin Woodall. Hays asked Woodall about his thoughts on the word from the top Republican on the House Ag Committee, Mike Conaway, that he will not run for reelection in 2020.

Woodall told Hays "we think very highly of Mr. Conaway. He has been a fantastic member of Congress and was a great Chairman of the House Ag Committee and he has helped all of us in agriculture- but especially those of us in the beef industry take on some big issues- the GIPSA Rule being one of them as well as many others." Woodall adds that Chairman Conaway has garnered a lot of respect from the Ag Community and that he will be sorely messed.

Conaway, 71, had chaired the House Ag Committee from 2015 until the beginning of this year, and also had chaired the House Ethics Committee. Conaway is a certified public accountant and was first elected to Congress in 2004.

Conaway released a statement Wednesday stating that representing the 11th Congressional District in Texas "has been an honor and privilege that I cannot adequately describe. Over the years, Suzanne and I have been blessed to work with the finest group of public servants. They have served unselfishly in an exemplary manner."

Conaway says his wife and family had made sacrifices for his time in office. “While serving in Congress, I have asked Suzanne and our family to make innumerable sacrifices. She and they have willingly made those necessary sacrifices, but they were still sacrifices. The time has come for me to put Suzanne, my children, and my grandchildren first."

Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson of Pennsylvania is the next most senior Republican on the committee and would be in line to be ranking member or chairman if the GOP can win back the House. . He is followed by Austin Scott of Georgia and Rick Crawford of Arkansas.


Ron Hays Talks With Colin Woodall about the retirement of Mike Conaway from Congress
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