Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, R-8, will serve on two high-profile committees in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years. House Speaker Paul Ryan handed out assignments Wednesday, naming Fitzpatrick to the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees.
“It is an honor to be named to two of the most important committees in the House as a freshman; I am confident my background will enable me to play an active role in debating and shaping policy at such an important time in our history,” said Fitzpatrick in a statement.
“There are few representatives in Congress whose professional experience prepared them as well as Brian’s,” said Ryan in a statement. “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.”
Fitzpatrick worked for nearly 15 years as a special agent with the FBI and assisted with interrogations overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He retired at the end of 2015 to run for the 8th District congressional seat, where he made national security one of the main issues of his campaign.
In the primary debate at Bucks County Community College last April, Fitzpatrick supported the FBI's demand that Apple create software that could decrypt the phone belonging to one of the shooters from the 2015 San Bernadino, California, attack that killed 14 people.
"National security is of premium importance," said Fitzpatrick at the time. "Trust me, the FBI has the best interests in mind, and the request was reasonable. The information could save lives."
In subsequent campaign appearances and debates, Fitzpatrick also voiced opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, saying the entire deal should be scrapped and economic sanctions should be reinstated. During a radio debate against general election opponent and former state Rep. Steve Santarsiero in August, Fitzpatrick said military action against North Korea would be appropriate if there was nearly indisputable evidence that the United States' national security was at an imminent risk.
"It's a very high standard," said Fitzpatrick "It should be the absolute, positive last option."