Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement today on the retirement of Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives Tom Wickham and on her appointment of Jason Smith, who currently serves as Deputy Parliamentarian, to serve as the new House Parliamentarian:
“Tom Wickham is a master of House rules and procedure, whose incisive legal acumen and absolute professionalism have strengthened the People’s House and benefitted the American people whom we serve. In his 25 years of distinguished service, Tom upheld the great Constitutional underpinnings of the historic role of Parliamentarian with excellence and integrity. His legacy of exceptional service will continue to strengthen our Congress and Country for years to come.
“As Speaker, with the benefit of a bipartisan recommendation, I am pleased to appoint Jason Smith to serve as House Parliamentarian. Jason brings outstanding experience, a brilliant legal mind and great rigor of judgment to this historic responsibility, and I am confident that he will uphold and advance the proud traditions of this critical office. My colleagues and I look forward to continuing to work with him as he takes on this new role.
“As we transition to a new Parliamentarian, we do so committed to fostering diversity in the running of this office and its future leadership.”
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