Freshman U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., who led the University of Miami as president, was named to the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee on Monday.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and the Democratic Caucus approved members for the U.S. House Armed Services, Education and Labor and Ways and Means Committees.
Shalala, who was named to the powerful U.S. House Rules Committee earlier this month, was the only Florida Democrat to be included in the new assignments.
“Democrats are thrilled to announce that these outstanding members will join these critical committees, where their fresh vision, bold voices and vital expertise will be powerful assets in our mission to deliver ‘For The People,’” said Pelosi. “With their strong leadership, Democrats will deliver great progress to promote the well-being of the American people and defend the national security of our country, restoring a Congress that works for the public interest instead of the special interests.”
Shalala served eight years in the Clinton administration, becoming the longest serving secretary of Health and Humans Services in American history. In November, she flipped the seat which had been held by U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who retired after almost thirty years in Congress.
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