Johnson heads to House with ag, transportation on his mind

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's next congressman is focused on the state's top industry, agriculture, as he heads to Washington, where he will be a Republican seeking headway in the Democrat-controlled House.

The former public utilities commissioner and chief of staff to Gov. Dennis Daugaard will be sworn into his new office in January.

Johnson said Wednesday that a farm bill may pass during Congress' lame-duck session - House and Senate agricultural leaders later announced an "agreement in principle" - and he wants to make sure South Dakota priorities are protected.

He says that includes defending livestock disaster provisions and maintaining a strong farm safety net.

Johnson says his top assignments would be on the House Agriculture and Transportation and Infrastructure committees.

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