Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) announced that he has been appointed to the important House Committee on Rules. Congressman DeSaulnier will also continue serving on the House Committees on Education and Labor, Oversight and Reform, and Transportation and Infrastructure.
“I am honored to serve on the House Committee on Rules and to have the unique opportunity to weigh in on major pieces of legislation before they are brought to the House Floor for a vote, and to restore regular order to Congress,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “I look forward to working alongside Chairman McGovern and my fellow Committee members to help advance our proactive democratic agenda, while ensuring that the legislative process is open, fair, and transparent to the public.”
“I’ve worked closely with Congressman DeSaulnier on a number of issues, especially on priorities like promoting human rights and debating our military’s role abroad. He’s never been afraid to take on the tough issues and fight for the people he represents. Congressman DeSaulnier’s experience will be invaluable to the Rules Committee and I congratulate him on this appointment,” Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA).
First created in 1789, the House Rules Committee is one of the longest existing committees in the House of Representatives. The Committee is commonly known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker until 1910. Through this appointment, Congressman DeSaulnier will play a significant role in setting the agenda of the 116th Congress.
For over 25 years, DeSaulnier has served at nearly every level of government from mayor to the California assembly and senate, where he passed 61 bills into law and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. In the California Assembly, he also had the distinction to serve on the Rules Committee. For the past four years, he has represented California’s 11th Congressional District in the East Bay of San Francisco. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, attended Holy Cross, and has been a small business owner most of his career.