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TEXAS CONGRESSMAN NAMED 1993 MAN OF THE YEAR BY PROGRESSIVE FARMER MAGAZINE

 BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Congressman Charles Stenholm


of Texas does some of his best thinking on a tractor seat.
 And for a legislator whose prime interest is rural America, what better place to contemplate the needs and concerns of this country's farmers?
 In recognition of Stenholm's service to the nation's farming community, Progressive Farmer magazine recently named him 1993 Man of the Year in Service to Agriculture. He is featured in the January issue of the magazine.
 A lifelong farmer and Democrat, Stenholm is a native of Ericksdahl, Texas, about 35 miles north of Abilene. Since 1978, he has been representing the state's 17th Congressional District and, in his own words, "trying to see that rural America gets a fair shake."
 Stenholm first came to Washington 15 years ago and became known for his straightforwardness and pleasant personality. He was one of the original "Boll Weevils," a group of mostly conservative Southern Democrats who favored a balanced budget and restricted government spending. He later formalized their concerns through the Conservative Democratic Forum, and he is still coordinator of this influential group, which includes nearly 60 members of the House.
 Stenholm brings Washington not only an understanding of agricultural issues, but also a genuine concern for farmers' needs, Progressive Farmer said.
 Clearly bearing the congressman's imprint is the Farm Credit System, which Stenholm helped restructure and return to solvency. He also deserves much of the credit for the 1990 farm bill, which preserves target-price levels, yet gives growers more flexibility. It also prevents further downsizing of the rural economic base.
 Farmers also commend Stenholm for his role in The Animal Enterprise Protection Act of 1992. This law provides operators of livestock and animal research facilities with federal protection against break-ins, arson and other violent acts by animal rights extremists.
 Through his participation in the Rural Health Caucus, Stenholm has been able to address two of his principal concerns -- rural health care and medical costs. In addition, he is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and is chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry.
 When asked how he hoped others characterize him as a congressman, Stenholm replied, "That I know my subject and that I shoot straight."
 Progressive Farmer is published by Southern Progress Corporation, which also publishes Southern Living, Cooking Light and Southern Accents magazines, as well as Oxmoor House books. The Birmingham, Ala.-based company is the largest regional publisher of magazines and books in the country.
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