Freshman Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulderish) scored a big committee assignment when it was announced late Tuesday that he was selected to serve on the House Judiciary Committee.
The House Judiciary Committee is where any impeachment proceedings would begin. Though Democrats are not generally expected to pursue impeachment of President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee is also a prime launch point for any number of investigations into the current administration. For better or for worse (in this case, probably better), Democratic members of the committee will have a significant media platform with which to raise their national profiles.
Neguse’s office issued the following statement on Wednesday morning:
“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed to serve on the Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress. The Judiciary Committee will take up incredibly important work to ensure that our immigration community is treated with respect, our voting rights are protected, our communities are protected from gun violence and that Congress remains an independent check on this President’s continued attempts to reach outside of his constitutional jurisdiction. As a lawyer, former Executive Director of Colorado’s regulatory department and a first generation American, I hope to bring my unique perspective and voice to this body. I commend Chairman Nadler and the work he has done leading this committee and I am tremendously grateful to serve alongside him.”
Colorado is well-represented on the House Judiciary Committee; Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) was already an existing member.