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Representative Darin LaHood

Representing the 18th District of Illinois

Rep. LaHood Appointed To U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee

February 7, 2017
Press Release
Darin LaHood Receives 115th Committee Assignments, Named Subcommittee Chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Darin LaHood announced today that he has been appointed to the Joint Economic Committee and has been selected to serve as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He will also assume new responsibilities on the Natural Resources Committee.

Congressman Darin LaHood stated, “I am delighted to join my colleagues from the House and Senate on the Joint Economic Committee to address the current economic conditions we face and to promote fiscally responsible policies that grow our economy, reduce our national debt, help generate more jobs, and produce a brighter economic forecast for all of America. Since day one in Congress, I have been focused on policies that create jobs and grow the economy, reduce government waste and inefficiency, and are helpful to the diverse industries we have in the 18th district, including healthcare services, agriculture, and manufacturing. Building on my experience as a state and federal prosecutor, I also look forward to investigating federal abuses of power as Oversight Subcommittee Chairman. I am proud to continue to serve on the Natural Resources Committee with additional subcommittee assignments. I am humbled by these leadership opportunities to represent my constituents of the 18th District in Congress, and I look forward to a productive session of Congress.”

Joint Economic Committee

Chaired by Pat Tiberi of Ohio, the Joint Economic Committee is a bicameral, bipartisan committee tasked with reviewing economic conditions and recommending improvements in economic policy.

“I welcome Congressman LaHood to the Joint Economic Committee,” said Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH). “I know his work encouraging economic development and fiscal responsibility will be an asset to our entire Committee. I look forward to working together to promote pro-growth policies that will drive our economy forward and create more opportunity for all Americans.”

Rep. LaHood will join Republican Senators Mike Lee (UT), Vice Chair-Designate, Tom Cotton (AR), Ted Cruz (TX), Bill Cassidy (LA), Rob Portman (OH), and Ben Sasse (NE) and Representatives Erik Paulsen (MN) and David Schweikert (AZ), Barbara Comstock (VA), and Francis Rooney (FL).

Science, Space, & Technology Committee

Chaired by Lamar Smith of Texas, the Science Committee’s mission is to create and implement policies that inspire innovation, generate jobs, and keep America competitive. Specifically, the committee considers legislation impacting research and development of our nation’s energy, astronautical, military, civil aviation, environmental projects, STEM education, and cyber security projects. The Oversight Subcommittee has general and special investigative authority on all matters within the bounds of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Chairman Lamar Smith stated, “Rep. LaHood will serve as our Oversight Subcommittee chairman in the 115th Congress.  Since he joined the Science Committee last Congress, Chairman LaHood has made himself an invaluable member of the committee through his rigorous oversight of government agencies and officials as well as his dedication to modernizing technology research and development.  His experience as a federal prosecutor and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice speaks to his immense expertise in holding officials accountable for the American people.  I look forward to working with Chairman LaHood this Congress.”

In addition to serving as chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee, Rep. LaHood will also sit on the Energy Subcommittee and the Research and Technology Subcommittee and is looking forward to building on his success from last Congress with the passage of the Networking and Information Technology and Development Act, which was signed into law by President Obama.

Natural Resources Committee

Rep. LaHood will continue to serve on the Natural Resources Committee, and has been selected to serve on three subcommittees: the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, the Federal Lands Subcommittee, and the Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee. He will continue to champion sensible environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation at the regional level, such as the Great Lakes, or at the community level, such as the New Philadelphia project—and is looking to build on last year’s victories like the passage of the Great Lakes fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, which was signed into law last December.