SYRACUSE, NY – U.S. Rep Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today (Jan. 5) appointed U.S. Congressman John Katko (NY-24) to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security in the 114th Congress.
Katko was selected for the leadership position based on issues of regional importance to NY-24 and his background as a federal prosecutor.
“I am honored to serve as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security,” said Katko. “I look forward to working with Chairman McCaul and all members of the committee to ensure transportation is safe across our country and right here in Central New York.”
The House Committee on Homeland Security oversees the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and protects the United States against possible terrorist attack.
The Subcommittee on Transportation Security is tasked with ensuring the safety of passenger and baggage screening, reforming transportation security, surface transportation, and transportation security regulations.
Notably, the 24th Congressional District is home to portions of the New York-Canada border, the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station, the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, the Port of Oswego, and the Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
“This appointment will allow me to better represent New York’s 24th District and I look forward to building on my experience with the Department of Justice,” Katko said. “This assignment will also compliment my seat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. There is no greater responsibility than keeping our citizens safe.”
Since his election to U.S. Congress in November, Katko has visited with local leaders at the Port of Oswego and the Border Patrol station in Oswego County.
Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul welcomed Katko, stating, “I am pleased to announce John Katko as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation Security. His experience at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Justice Department, and the drug-enforcement division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York will prove beneficial as the subcommittee oversees DHS’s efforts to secure surface transportation systems and develop security measures to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack. I am confident that the subcommittee will prosper under John’s leadership and I look forward to working closely with him this Congress.”
In addition to the House Committee on Homeland Security, Katko will also serve on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.