Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security committees place former FBI special agent in key subcommittees
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) has been named to four key subcommittees which place him on the front line of Congress’ efforts to address terrorism and cyber security. The assignments include:
Subcommittee on Transportation & Protective Security
“I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my service to my community and country by playing a role on these crucial subcommittees,” said Fitzpatrick. “Whether it is defining a robust Middle East foreign policy and working with regional allies like Israel, or cracking down on hacking and supporting the advancement of American cybersecurity, I am ready to use my real-world experiences to keep American families safe from both ongoing and emerging threats.”
During his 14-year career as an FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Fitzpatrick worked both counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations, including as an Al-Qaeda interrogator in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unparalleled experience in counterterrorism and cyber security were driving forces behind his assignment to both the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees:
“There are few representatives in Congress whose professional experience prepared them as well as Brian’s. His new roles will give him the opportunity to help protect our nation and promote stability abroad—and I have no doubt he’ll be an asset to the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees.” - Speaker Paul Ryan
"With extensive counterterrorism and anti-corruption work during his 14 years of service at the FBI, Congressman Fitzpatrick is uniquely positioned to make a difference as we confront repressive and adversarial regimes” - Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce
“I am honored to welcome Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent, to the Committee for the 115th Congress. As we grapple with the surging terror threat, crisis at our borders, and the silent war being waged against us in cyberspace, I am confident these Brian will bring unique homeland security perspectives and a breadth of knowledge to the Committee.” - Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is the second oldest committee in Congress, dating back to the First Continental Congress where Benjamin Franklin served as the first committee chair. Today, the committee handles all legislation that impacts the diplomatic community, which includes the Department of State, the Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps, the United Nations, and the enforcement of the Arms Export Control Act. It often serves as the voice of Congress in guiding international policy to promote peace, freedom and human rights.
The Homeland Security Committee was established in 2002 to provide Congressional oversight for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and find ways to protect the American people against terror. Most recently, the Committee has passed several critical pieces of bipartisan, homeland security legislation to prevent terrorist attacks on the homeland, secure our borders, protect against cyber-attacks and address international and domestic threats.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a member of the Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs & Small Business committees. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th District which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He is a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).