House freshmen get more committee assignments

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced a new round of committee assignments today, following up the initial assignments made last month.

In the Bay Area, it looks as if Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, won’t be getting that Transportation and Infrastructure seat he wanted; instead, Pelosi assigned him today to Homeland Security. She had named him last month to Science, Space and Technology, which makes sense given that his district includes the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, but neither that assignment nor this one is likely to have the influence – and the ability to bring federal dollars home to the district – that T&I would’ve offered. Still, Swalwell sounds unruffled and eager.

“From protecting ports like San Francisco, to keeping the Internet secure, to safeguarding mass transit such as BART, the House Committee on Homeland Security plays a vital role in making sure the American homeland is safe,” Swalwell said in a news release today. “I look forward to serving on that committee in the 113th Congress. I want to thank Leader Pelosi, Steering and Policy Co-Chairs DeLauro and Andrews, and the entire Democratic Steering and Policy Committee for this tremendous opportunity.”

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, Pelosi named Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, to the Budget Committee – a much-coveted assignment for any House member. She had named him last month to the Natural Resources Committee, for which he’d hoped.

Here are all the California assignments Pelosi announced today:

    Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael – Budget
    Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin – Homeland Security
    Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego – Science, Space and Technology
    Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove – Science, Space and Technology
    Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside – Science, Space and Technology
    Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Coachella – Veterans’ Affairs

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Can’t wait for disaffected Stark supporter East Bay Citizen to eat crow after poo-pooing Swalwell’s appointment to SciSpaceTech … after just about every other freshman nabbed a seat on that, too.

    Also, Homeland Security can bring home some dollars back to the District … as more federal agencies fall under its ambit, more likely that regional offices for those federal agencies will need funds.

    Also, is there now NO East Bay representation on the transportation committee? Pretty big loss given that Ellen Tauscher achieved such seniority on that.

  • John W

    In the House, about the only member of the minority party that has any influence on a committee is the ranking member.

  • RR senile columnist

    Ex-speaker Nancy, America’s loveliest ageing politico, should assign herself to the House gift shop and make way for a new generation.

  • John W

    Re: #3 RR Senile Colunist

    Like her or not, Pelosi at least knows how to count votes and herd the cats in her caucus. More than you can say for Mr. Speaker.

    When Bush and Paulson needed to get the bailout done to save us from economic Armageddon, it was Nancy, not their fellow Republicans who made it happen. Paulson literally got on his knees to beg her. As pitiful as the fiscal cliff “patch” is, the markets seem to think it was better than the alternative. But Pelosi had to be the one to round up the votes.

    I’m a bit harsh on Mr. Speaker. Not sure anybody could herd that bunch of feral cats.