U.S. Rep. Jenkins trying to get a Kansan back on House Ag Committee

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins talks with reporters in Topeka on Friday.

TOPEKA – U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said Friday that she’s looking for ways to get a Kansan back on the House Agricultural Committee now that U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp has been removed from it.

But she said it may be difficult because Kansas’ other three congressional members are already on top shelf committees and would need a waiver to serve on a second one.

“It’s a heavy lift to ask our colleagues to give one of us a waiver to go do that,” she said.

House Speaker John Boehner removed Huelskamp, R-Fowler, and other conservative Republicans from their committee posts earlier this week. Huelskamp was also ousted from the House Budget Committee.

The move leaves western Kansas’ 1st Congressional District without a representative on the agricultural committee for the first time in decades.

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, a Republican from Overland Park, is on the House Appropriations Committee, and Jenkins, who grew up on a dairy farm, is on the House Committee on Ways and Means.