Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., will chair the Senate Agriculture Committee when the 109th Congress convenes next month. An attorney before winning election to the House in 1994, Chambliss represented the interests of peanut producers and other farmers.

According to Associated Press reports, he is generally supportive of the current farm law but has acknowledged that lawmakers may have to curtail farm spending. Chambliss, 61, served on the House Agriculture Committee for eight years and was elected to the Senate only two years ago. In the House, current agriculture Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., is expected to keep his post.

You can access the Senate agriculture committee Web site at agriculture.senate.gov

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