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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse named co-chair of Congressional Wine Caucus

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has invited U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-WA, to serve as the new co-chair for the Congressional Wine Caucus. As grape growers, both Reps. Newhouse and Thompson will lead the bicameral and bipartisan organization for the 116th Congress.

Newhouse is a farmer of wine grapes and hops.

“I am proud to represent the flourishing, high-quality wine region of Central Washington, and I am honored to join my friend and colleague Representative Mike Thompson to serve as the first co-chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus from Washington State,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Mike truly understands the priorities and concerns of the wine community, and I look forward to working with him to ensure that our nation’s wine industry – from wine grape growers to winemakers and sellers – can continue to thrive and grow.”

Thompson co-founded the Congressional Wine Caucus in 1999 with Rep. George Radanovich, R-Fresno. Today, the caucus brings together 117 bipartisan, bicameral Members of Congress.

“When the Congressional Wine Caucus was founded, we had a mission to educate our fellow members about the strong economic contributions made by grape growers and wine makers to our communities and to ensure they have a voice in Congress. I am proud that my new Co-Chair, Representative Dan Newhouse, is a fellow grape grower and knows these issues firsthand,” said Thompson. “Together we will continue our mission of advocacy and education in order to support our nation’s incredible wine community from the vineyard to the glass.”

In Washington State, there are nearly 1,000 wineries and over 250 wine grape growers. With 14 unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) across the state, Washington’s wine industry continues to grow and produce high-quality varieties that are enjoyed all over the world. In addition, Washington State University is one of the country’s leading viticulture research institutions and one of only 14 universities in the United States to offer a Viticulture & Enology degree.

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