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On Wednesday morning, recently sworn-in Rep. Shontel M. Brown (OH-11) was appointed as a member of the House Committee for Oversight and Reform as well as the House Agriculture Committee.
The announcement comes after her nomination from the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee was approved by the entire Democratic Caucus.
“I am honored to be appointed to serve on committees that provide an opportunity to advance accountability and justice in government and use my voice to fight for working families in Northeast Ohio,” said Rep. Brown.
Brown follows in the footsteps of her mentor and Ohio’s former 11th Congressional District Representative, Marcia Fudge, who worked on the House Agriculture Committee in the past. The committee oversees USDA and controls all areas of agriculture, forestry, nutrition, water conservation, and other agriculture-related fields.
Fudge now serves as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Biden Administration. Brown defeated Laverne Gore in last month's special election to replace Fudge in Congress.
“On the Agriculture Committee, I look forward to building upon the legacy of my friend and successor, HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, by improving access to food for families and people in need. I am proud to continue in the tradition, stretching back to Shirley Chisholm, of Black women representing urban districts who have served on this Committee, as Speaker Pelosi acknowledged in introducing my appointment.”
Brown, a former Cuyahoga County Council member, is looking forward to using her past experiences to impact her work on the central investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Meanwhile, serving on the Committee on Oversight and Reform means that I can work to ensure that our government is working for all people, especially minority Americans and those communities that have long been pushed aside or left behind by our country. I am excited to put my background to work to deliver results for the people.”
In the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Brown and the other members will have the authority to investigate subjects within the legislative jurisdiction of the Committee, as well as “any matter” that is in the jurisdiction of other standing House committees.