Conaway featured speaker at AgriPlex Ag Day Tuesday

Celinda Hawkins Managing Editor Runnels County Register
Congressman Mike Conway of the 11th District visits his constituents often int he 11th District, which includes Runnels, Tom Green, Concho and Coke counties. He is shown here at a town hall meeting in September 2017 at Ballinger City Hall.

Congressman Mike Conaway will deliver an update on the farm bill and other agriculture related topics during his presentation as keynote speaker of the 2018 AgriPlex Ag Day on Tuesday, March 27.

Conaway is seeking his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including the cities of Ballinger, Winters, Miles and San Angelo as well as many surrounding communities.He is a deputy Republican whip, a position he has held since the 112th Congress.

In the House, Congressman Conaway is the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“America’s farmers and ranchers have felt the tremendous weight of multiple natural disasters and chronically low prices over the past several years, especially across the cotton belt,” Conaway said. “While Congress recently acted to help mend the cotton safety net, there is still more work to be done.”

Conaway said he looks forward to honoring the contributions of the agriculture industry during the event.

“Every March, the country recognizes the many contributions and sweat equity of those men and women in production agriculture through National Ag Day,” Conaway said.

He added that he will work hard to deliver a strong farm bill during this session.

“As we look ahead to the remainder of 2018, nothing is more essential to restoring certainty in farm country and throughout rural America than passing a farm bill,” Conaway said.

“As chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, I’m looking forward to bringing together all stakeholders to deliver a strong bill that works on behalf of all producers.”

A native Texan, he grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1966 after playing on Permian’s first state championship football team. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1970.

After serving in the Army at Fort Hood, he returned to the Permian Basin with Price Waterhouse and settled in Midland, later working with George W. Bush as the chief financial officer for Bush Exploration. He developed a lasting friendship with President Bush as they learned together what it takes to run a business.

An ordained deacon in the Baptist church, Congressman Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, live in Midland and have four children and seven grandchildren.