WASHINGTON, DC – The House Democratic Caucus today approved House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) nomination of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to serve as Chair of the Committee on House Administration for the 116th Congress. Following the caucus vote, Lofgren issued the below statement:
“I want to thank Speaker Pelosi for her inspired leadership and for the opportunity to lead the Committee on House Administration in the 116th Congress. I am also grateful for the support of my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus.
“In November, voters went to the polls to change the status quo in American politics. They voted to put an end to “politics as usual.” As Chair of the Committee on House Administration, I intend to answer their call to unrig the political system. The Committee will vigorously pursue legislative solutions to empower the American voter, to end partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression, secure our election infrastructure from foreign interference, and initiate programs to restore the integrity of Congress, as well as improve the basic governance of the House of Representatives.
“The American people voted overwhelmingly to change the way Washington runs, and the House Administration Committee will do its part to ensure our government 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 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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