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Appointment is latest in series of committee assignments that have resulted in a subcommittee chairmanship for the Beaverton Democrat in her seven years in Congress.

COURTESY PHOTO - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, a Democrat from Beaverton, has gained prominence as a member of a new House Select Committee on the Climate CrisisU.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici is one of nine new Democrats on a revived House select committee on climate change.

Her appointment Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the latest in a series of assignments that have resulted in the first subcommittee chairmanship for the Beaverton Democrat in her seven years in the 1st District congressional seat of northwest Oregon.

Democrats won a majority in the 2018 election, giving them control of the chamber — and as a Democrat in the House's majority party for the first time, Bonamici has gained new prominence.

She retained her seats on the Education and Labor Committee, where she leads a new subcommittee on civil rights and human services, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

Bonamici won a fourth full House term in the Nov. 6 election. Her district covers Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties, and Multnomah County west of the Willamette River.

Even though the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis cannot originate legislation by itself, it does put a renewed House focus on the issue. The previous select committee operated from 2007 to 2011, when Pelosi was speaker, but was abolished when Republicans won a majority in 2010 — and many Republicans were skeptics or outright deniers. of climate change.

Bonamici joins Chairwoman Kathy Castor of Florida, three Democrats from California, and one each from Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico and Virginia. No Republicans have been named yet.

Her statement:

"For the last several years, political realities have prevented bold climate policies from coming to the House floor despite repeated calls for action from scientists and members of our communities. Before House Democrats took back the majority, it had been nearly a decade since the House held productive hearings on climate change.

"I look forward to working with Select Committee Chair Castor and my colleagues to fight for comprehensive policies that will strengthen the economy and protect our planet for future generations."

Click here to read the rest of the story in the Beaverton Valley Times.

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