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California Congressional Delegation Members Dominate Leadership Positions, Committee Assignments
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Jan. 23, 2017 

With the opening of the 115th Congress, the 55-Member California congressional delegation continues to rank amongst the most influential, with numerous members serving in positions of leadership and on committees with jurisdiction over issues and policies critical to the continued advancement of our state’s and the nation’s life sciences sector. CLSA and our Washington DC-based federal government relations team are eager to continue working closely with these distinguished bipartisan leaders to promote life sciences research, investment, innovation and access.

Republican Leadership

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield), was soundly reelected to serve as House Majority Leader
  • Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) will serve as the sophomore class representative to House Republican Leadership. Rep. Walters was also appointed to serve as Deputy Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

Democratic Leadership

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) will once again serve as House Minority Leader
  • Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Cerritos) will serve as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus
  • Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) was selected to serve as Assistant Whip
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-East Bay) will serve as Co-chair of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee
  • Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley) was selected to serve in a coveted, newly created position in the House Democratic Caucus Leadership for members serving five terms or less

House Energy & Commerce Committee:  With the addition of three new bipartisan committee members, the California congressional delegation is the largest state delegation represented with seven seats on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over important issues like biomedical research at NIH and regulatory pathways for new drugs, devices and biosimilars at FDA.  The new committee members include Reps. Scott Peters (D-San Diego), Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Palm Desert), and Mimi Walters (R-Irvine). They join returning committee members Reps. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley), Anna G. Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley), Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento), and Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton).

Click here to view CLSA’s statement congratulating Rep. Walters on her appointment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Click here to view CLSA’s statement congratulating Rep. Peters on his appointment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

House Appropriations Committee:  With the addition of Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands), California is also the largest state delegation represented on the House Appropriations Committee, with jurisdiction over federal government spending. Reps. Ken Calvert (R-Corona), Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Los Angeles), and David Valadao (R-Hanford) all return to the Committee for the 115th Congress.

House Judiciary Committee:  Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica) and Eric Swalwell (D-East Bay) will serve on the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over intellectual property and patent rights policies critical to the life sciences sector. They join returning committee members Reps. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), Judy Chu (D-Los Angeles), Darrell Issa (R-San Diego), and Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose).

Questions? Please contact Jenny Carey, CLSA’s Vice President of Federal Government Relations and Alliance Development (jcarey@califesciences.org).