January 04, 2019

Kilmer Named Chair of Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

 Washington, D.C. – Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi named Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) Chairman of the new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

After the announcement, Kilmer made the following statement:

"It has been clear for a long time that the House is a fixer-upper. Every time bills are written behind closed doors or passed without debate, every time Americans feel like they don’t have a say and too little is getting done, people lose faith. Congress needs to do better,” Rep. Derek Kilmer said. “This committee represents an important step forward in renovating the House.  Americans deserve a Congress where they have a say and things get done.  They deserve a Congress that uses cutting-edge technology and that is as diverse as our nation.  Americans deserve a Congress that approaches its work in innovative new ways.  I’m honored to have been chosen to lead the committee tasked with coming up with the ways to modernize Congress and get it working for the people again."

In a release announcing Kilmer’s appointment, Speaker Pelosi said:

"It gives me great pride to appoint Congressman Derek Kilmer as the Chair of our new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  Congressman Kilmer is an innovator and a pioneer, who has worked relentlessly to make the House more transparent and more responsive to the voices of Members and the American people.  His commitment to bipartisanship in the Congress will be vital to this Committee’s work to modernize our institution.

"This November, the American people called for a Congress that would be ethical, transparent, unifying and responsive to their needs and aspirations.  The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress will deliver this promise, and advance a House of Representatives that is diverse, dynamic and oriented toward the future.  This Committee will strengthen our institution, recognizing the legislative branch is Article I, the first branch of government, and will help our transformative new class achieve results for the American people.

“With Congressman Kilmer at the helm of this important Select Committee, Democrats will reinvigorate the Congress and return the People’s House to the American people."