San Jose, Calif. – The House Democratic Caucus today approved House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) nomination of Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to serve as Chair of the Committee on House Administration for the 117th Congress. Lofgren issued the following statement:
“I thank Speaker Pelosi for her exemplary leadership and confidence in me to continue as Chair of the Committee on House Administration in the 117th Congress. I am also sincerely grateful for the trust and support of my Democratic Caucus colleagues.
“This year, Americans faced unprecedented challenges while casting their ballots in the midst of a deadly pandemic. They faced an onslaught of deliberate misinformation and disinformation campaigns, barefaced voter suppression efforts, a tsunami of dark money political spending, dangerous attempts to undermine our democratic institutions, and a constant drum of outright lies and falsehoods that continue to this day. Despite these obstacles, the American people cast their ballots in the largest turnout in our nation’s history – and they proved that every vote matters, and every vote counts.
“While our nation withstood this great attack on our democracy, it is clear there is much work to be done to bolster the strength of our political institutions and make it easier, not harder, to vote.
“The 117th Congress has a mandate to strengthen our democracy. This commitment begins with the swift enactment of H.R. 1 – the For the People Act – the most transformational and comprehensive democracy reforms in more than four decades to put power back in the hands of the American people. The Committee on House Administration stands ready to do its part to deliver a government that works For the People.”
Lofgren was first appointed to the Committee on House Administration in 2005. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994. Lofgren is the Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, and the elected Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation.
The Committee on House Administration (CHA) was established in 1947 as part of a larger effort to streamline the U.S. House of Representatives’ committee system and to modernize its internal management and operations. After more than 70 years since the committee was established, CHA’s two principal functions include oversight of federal elections and day-to-day operations in the House.
Historically, the committee has had a hand in shaping legislation that touches on any and all aspects of federal elections. Issues concerning corrupt practices, contested congressional elections, campaign finance disclosures, and credentials and qualifications of House Members also fall under its purview.
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