WASHINGTON (KT) -- A member of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation has been named ranking minority member of a House committee, it was announced Monday.
First District Congressman James Comer of Kentucky has been chosen the Republican Leader of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, the primary investigative committee in Congress. He was elected by the House Republican Steering Committee to the post.
Comer was elected to Congress to represent Kentucky’s First Congressional District in 2016 and has served on the House Oversight Committee during his entire tenure, including as Ranking Member of the Environment Subcommittee for the past year and a half.
“Throughout my career, I have been committed to holding those accountable who misuse taxpayer dollars and promote corruption in government,” he said. “Unfortunately, rather than conducting credible oversight, House Democrats have spent significant time and resources harassing the Trump Administration purely out of spite and hatred. I am excited to take the reins as Ranking Member and take my obligation to pursue legitimate waste, fraud and abuse in government very seriously.”
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was among those extending warm wishes to his fellow Kentuckian.
“Congratulations to my friend Congressman Jamie Comer for being selected to lead House Republicans on the Oversight and Reform Committee,” McConnell stated. “Jamie is a strong voice for Kentucky values. We’ve partnered together to support farm families, protect our waters from Asian Carp, and address the substance abuse epidemic. His Bluegrass values will position him perfectly to keep a watchful eye on the federal government and ensure it never forgets Middle America.”
Comer, a Monroe County native and Western Kentucky University graduate, served six terms in the Kentucky House, after first being elected in 2000. He was elected Commissioner of Agriculture in 2011, where he served one four-year term, and in 2015 narrowly lost the Republican Gubernatorial nomination to Matt Bevin.