Central Valley

Denham to chair Veterans Affairs

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Tuesday named Sen. Jeff Denham, R-Atwater, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

"I am proud to serve as the chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee," Denham, above, said in a news release. "Taking care of our veterans and their families needs to be a top priority of this state."

Denham, a farmer, also was removed from the Senate Agriculture Committee, a move that displeased him. "The new Food and Ag Committee is clearly anti-Ag," Denham said. "Agriculture is the engine of California's economy and I am deeply concerned for the industry's future with this reconstituted committee."