The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


Kaptur wins, Kucinich, Schmidt lose

While most of the country was focused on the presidential primaries on Tuesday, the biggest significance for agriculture may have been in two House primaries in Ohio.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio

Rep. Marcy Kaptur
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, beat Rep. Dennis Kucinch, D-Ohio, for the Democratic nomination in a district that had been merged mostly from Kaptur’s and Kucinich’s districts as a result of reapportionment.

Kaptur will face Samuel Wurzelbacher, who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential campaign in a Democratic-leaning district that stretches from Toledo to Cleveland.

Although Kucinich has run for president and has a national reputation, Kaptur is a long-time member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. She has a reputation for delivering for her district as well as standing up for programs that benefit working class and lower income people.

The announced retirement of House Appropriations Committee ranking member Norm Dicks, D-Wash., will leave Kaptur the highest-ranking Democrat on the panel and in line for the Democratic leadership position. But Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., the fourth most-senior Democrat in Appropriations, is also expected to seek the post.
Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio

Rep. Jean Schmidt
Meanwhile, Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, a third-term lawmaker from the Cincinnati area, lost her primary to Iraq War veteran and podiatrist Brad Wenstrup, who ran against Schmidt from the right, criticizing her votes to raise the debt ceiling.

Schmidt chaired the House Agriculture Nutrition and Horticulture Subcommittee. Under the Democrats that subcommittee’s name had included organic agriculture.