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Senate Ag counsel Dave Johnson to retire

Dave Johnson, a Republican counsel on the Senate Agriculture Committee, will retire August 5, Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., announced today.

Johnson, an Indianan, came to work in the Senate in 1987 for Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. He has worked on four farm bills, but he has also left the committee several times for stints at the Agriculture Department and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Roberts, Lugar and other senators interrupted a hearing today to praise Johnson for his work, particularly in the field of nutrition. Johnson said he would move home to Lafayette, Ind.