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Renteria touted her work to on agricultural issues: Stabenow heads the Agriculture Committee and successfully passed a farm bill through the Senate earlier this year.

"We have to have folks who know how to work across the aisle, and who know how to be effective," she said, according to the Fresno Bee.

Renteria, a California native who has also worked for Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFormer US attorneys urge support for Trump nominee The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling Senate panel clears bill to bolster probes of foreign investment deals MORE (D-Calif.), had been on the White House's shortlist to run the Commodity Futures Trading Commission before turning down the job early in the summer and moving back home.