Deutch Named Chairman of House Ethics Committee
Following a vote by the House Democratic Caucus, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Ethics Committee. Previously, he served as the Ranking Member on the Committee. The House Ethics Committee is an evenly divided bipartisan committee charged with interpreting and enforcing the House’s ethics rules.
Chairman Deutch issued this statement:
"I am honored to be selected by my colleagues to lead the House Ethics Committee. As Members of Congress, we must hold ourselves to the high ethical standard that our constituents expect from us. Ethics in government and the integrity of our nation's elected officials remain of great concern of the public – and rightly so. This bipartisan committee and its nonpartisan professional staff will continue its record of keeping Congress honest, protecting Congressional employee rights, and strengthening the American people’s trust in the people’s House. In addition, in the last Congress our Committee worked with other Members to pass important bipartisan reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act. I look forward to building upon that work to ensure that all legislative branch employees can work in a safe and respectful workplace."
The House Ethics Committee's core responsibilities include providing training, advice, and education to House Members, officers, and employees; reviewing and approving requests to accept privately-sponsored travel related to official duties; reviewing and certifying all financial disclosure reports Members, candidates for the House, officers, and senior staff are required to file; and investigating and adjudicating allegations of misconduct and violations of rules, laws, or other standards of conduct.