Kelly announces Congressional committee appointments

U.S. Representative Trent Kelly announced that he has retained his committee assignments from the 115th Congress and will serve on the House Committee on Agriculture, the House Armed Services Committee, and the House Small Business Committee. Subcommittee assignments will be released later this month.

“I believe I am serving on the right committees to influence and better the lives of Mississippians, especially those in the First District,” said Kelly.

Continuing the success of serving on all three committees during the last Congress, Representative Kelly said he looks forward to working with both sides of the aisle on common sense solutions that address many issues that face our nation at this time.

“I am proud to continue my work with Ranking Member Thornberry in the 116th Congress,” Kelly said. “Ranking Member Thornberry’s leadership as Chairman last Congress helped rebuild readiness that allowed our military men and women to have the tools they need to focus on their most important duty—defending this nation.”

Rep. Kelly has served for over 33 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard where he currently holds the rank of Brigadier General. Through his experience leading and successfully bringing home troops, Kelly brings first-hand knowledge and experience of what it means to serve.

Kelly will continue his service on the House Committee on Agriculture. As Mississippi’s top industry, agriculture contributes $7.4 billion to the state economy and employs approximately 260,000 workers. The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill was the highlight of the 115th Congress, which provided farmers an adequate safety net that they desperately needed during times of low commodity prices and looming trade wars.

“As I have said before, in order for our nation to be secure, we must be able to feed and defend ourselves,” Kelly said. “Similar to the small population of men and women currently serving in the military, a small percentage of people in this nation are farmers. I am proud to continue to serve with Ranking Member Conaway and my colleagues on the committee. I will continue to work to advance policies that encourage rural development and make the agriculture industry successful.”

Finally, Representative Kelly was chosen to continue his role on the House Small Business Committee under the leadership of Ranking Member Chabot. In the 115th Congress, Kelly served as the Chairman of the Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Subcommittee, where most of his work focused on the oversight of the Small Business Administration and its programs.

“Mississippi’s small businesses are a shining light in our state,” Kelly said. “From Main Streets to factories, Mississippi’s small businesses are thriving and I am ready to continue the committee’s work to help pave a way for their success.”