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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressman Cleaver Appointed to Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

Jan 29, 2019
Press Release
The select committee was established to develop recommendations to improve how Congress works

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II has been appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the new Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The committee was established to investigate, study, make findings, hold public hearings, and develop recommendations on modernizing Congress, including:

• rules to promote a more modern and efficient Congress;

• procedures, including the schedule and calendar;

• policies to develop the next generation of leaders;

• staff recruitment, diversity, retention, and compensation and benefits;

• administrative efficiencies, including purchasing, travel, outside services, and shared administrative staff;

• technology and innovation; and

• the work of the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards.

“Although my plate was full, I was excited when Speaker Pelosi asked me to serve on this essential and long-awaited committee. At a time when civility and compromise are needed in Congress, now more than ever, this committee will be vital in reforming Congress and making it work for the American people,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Congressman Derek Kilmer of Washington will chair the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. In addition to Congressman Cleaver, other Democratic members on the committee include:

• Congresswoman Suzan DelBene of Washington

• Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California

• Congressman Mark Pocan of Wisconsin

• Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania

“Our new Members are pioneers and innovators with proven track records of achievement in making our institution more transparent, unifying and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the American people. With Congressman Kilmer at the head of the table, this Select Committee will strengthen and reinvigorate our institution, advancing a House of Representatives that is diverse, dynamic, oriented toward the future and committed to delivering results For The People,” said Speaker Pelosi.

Congressman Cleaver was also appointed Chairman of the newly-created House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy—within the House Financial Services Committee. This subcommittee has broad jurisdiction over international and domestic financial policy including issues such as trade, sanctions, defense production, illicit finance, and regulation of the money supply.

He will continue serving on the Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance. In addition, Congressman Cleaver will rejoin his colleagues on the Committee on Homeland Security. Previously, Congressman Cleaver served on the Homeland Security Committee from 2009-2011.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.