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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 FeinsteinWhite House could make 'torture' report public, says Intel Dem Top Intel Dem: Congress 'far from consensus' on encryption Congress strikes deal on water bill with Flint aid 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.