Published January 04, 2013
House committees: Denny Heck to Financial Services, Derek Kilmer to Science, Space & TechnologyBY JORDAN SCHRADER
Those are the new assignments for the South Sound's two newest congressmen.Heck, D-Olympia, had touted his appointment to the Budget Committee. But instead he announced today he is being switched to the Financial Services Committee, which he called his top request.The panel has wide-ranging jurisdiction over banks, insurance, housing and the stock market. Heck has taken a tough line against Wall Street on the campaign trail, calling for example for a reinstatement of the defunct rule separating investment banks from commercial banks, a law known as Glass-Steagall.Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, announced he would serve on Technology in addition to his previously-announced spot on the Armed Services Committee.Kilmer worked with high-tech companies during his time as a consultant at McKinsey & Co.During the campaign, Kilmer said he hoped to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee. At one debate, he also mentioned interest in serving on Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, Appropriations or Small Business, but he also acknowledged it was uncertain when he joked to the audience: "As it was explained to me, I would get all of Norm Dicks' committees and his seniority."Not quite. Kilmer is 391st and Heck is 382nd in seniority.Each issued a statement. Heck:
Im thrilled to be named to the House Financial Services Committee. No sustainable economic recovery can occur in this country without a strong start in the housing sector. The House Financial Services Committee has the opportunity to continue promoting the recent growth weve seen in the housing sector. Im also looking forward to ensuring that the 2010 Wall Street reforms are implemented so that Washington families are protected from a repeat of the actions that led up to the 2008 financial crisis. With major employers, credit unions, financial institutions, and a burgeoning tech-start up industry, Washington has a tremendous and growing stake in the work done under jurisdiction of the Committee.
I am excited by the opportunity to serve on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. At a time when our nations employers are demanding higher skills particularly in the arena of science and technology education and at a time when our laboratories, colleges, and universities are pioneering new innovations, this committee can have a real impact on improving our regions competitiveness and on fostering economic growth for our entire country. I look forward to having an active role in shaping our nations policies on innovation and research to help our employers compete and create more jobs here at home.