Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) has been named Vice Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Oversight. He will serve alongside Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., (R-LA) who has been named Chairman of the Subcommittee.
The Oversight Subcommittee has investigatory jurisdiction over a wide purview of topics such as energy research and development, environmental regulations, cybersecurity risks, and space research and development.
Congressman Higgins has been a leading voice on the Oversight Subcommittee throughout the Kaspersky Lab investigation, which prompted action by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ban the Russian-produced software from all federal agencies. Early in the investigation, Congressman Higgins warned officials from DHS about potential security flaws that originate within the software’s code.
“I am both humbled and honored to be named Vice Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee by my colleagues. This subcommittee’s investigatory powers have played a large role in efforts to secure our cyber networks, expose regulatory overreach at the EPA, and ensure proper governance from other alphabet agencies of the federal government. I look forward to working with Chairman Smith and Chairman Abraham on endeavors to help the Americans we all serve.”
House Science, Space, & Technology Chairman Lamar Smith:
“Since joining the Science Committee, Rep. Higgins has become an integral member of our Oversight Subcommittee. As a veteran and a decorated law enforcement officer, Rep. Higgins has the experience to serve the subcommittee well as vice chairman. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”
“I’m very excited that my fellow Louisianian Congressman Clay Higgins has agreed to be the Vice Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee. With Clay’s expertise in homeland security and law enforcement, I know that we as a team will bring to bear the accountability that the American people expect from their lawmakers.”