Illinois’ Bustos not seeking reelection

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Illinois Democrat Cherri Bustos announced she will not seek reelection after completing her current term in the House of Representatives. In a video posted on Twitter, Bustos says, “I feel it’s time for a new voice.” Bustos represents Illinois’ 17th District, a largely rural district, and has served on the House Agriculture Committee since first being elected in 2013.

This Congress, Bustos chairs the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over policies, statutes and markets relating to commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat, pulse crops and more.

It also oversees the Commodity Credit Corporation and crop insurance programs. Congresswoman Bustos also serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit. Bustos made the announcement on Friday.

The Illinois Dem County Chairs’ Association thanks Bustos for her service, adding, “Her commitment to her district is unparalleled, particularly to the hard-working middle class and rural communities.”