The LuLac Edition #1410, Dec. 20th, 2010
PHOTO INDEX: U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
TAKING THEIR SEATS
Our two new GOP representatives to Congress have received their committee assignments. Last week news came that both Lou Barletta and Tom Marino would be named to key committees. Both seem to be very good fits for the men and their resumes. Whether it will help the district short or long term is anyone’s guess.
Barletta received assignments to two House committees that he requested based on his experience in the areas they cover. Barletta will sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Education and Labor Committee. The Times Leader reports that both had been sought after, said Shawn Kelly, spokesman for Lou Barletta for Congress 2010. The incoming congressman “went to college to become a teacher. His wife is a teacher, and two of his four daughters are teachers,” said Kelly on Sunday of Barletta’s education background. He added that Barletta and his wife had owned a construction company before he became mayor, and his father founded a road construction company. “It seems like a logical fit” for him to sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Kelly.
Marino, landed positions on two key congressional committees. He will join the U.S. House Homeland Security and Judiciary committees when the 112th Congress convenes next month. U.S. Rep. Pete King of New York will chair the Committee on Homeland Security which oversees the Department of Homeland Security operations. Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas.
Marino said he is pleased and honored to be selected to two committees that are close to his heart and mirror his experience. The newly elected congressman from the 10th District believes his legal background, including his prosecutorial work, makes him an ideal match for the Judiciary Committee. Marino is one of 10 members of the Judiciary Committee and one of two former U.S. Attorneys assigned to the panel that will focus on strengthening national security, protecting intellectual property, and preventing frivolous lawsuits, according to Chairman-Elect Smith. Other members of the Judiciary Committee include Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana, who is considered as a possible presidential contender, and Rep. Tim Griffin, Arkansas, who a freshman who served as U.S. Attorney from the Eastern District of Arkansas. Marino, 58, served as a U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.