Congresswoman Laura Richardson
CONGRESSWOMAN LAURA RICHARDSON SOARS UPWARD AS CHAIR OF HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS, PREPAREDNESS, AND RESPONSE, AFTER LESS THAN THREE YEARS IN CONGRESS
Congresswoman Laura Richardson was named the chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee's Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response. This appointment is just the next step in her meteoritic rise in politics from Long Beach City Council to the California State Legislature to Congress.
"The Homeland Security Committee was instituted after September 11, 2001 to provide security oversight and focus for our homeland, the United States of America. After the fiasco in New Orleans and the recent penetration of flight 253 this last Christmas, I stand ready in this vital capacity," Congresswoman Richardson said. "As we face one of our most difficult tasks, ensuring there is confidence and protection in our homeland, I hope to bring the lessons of my district--ports, airports, water treatment and refineries--as examples of America's vulnerabilities and needs. I am thankful for the confidence that Chairman Thompson has shown in me as a member of the committee and for making it possible for me to serve in this new capacity. I look forward to sharing my expertise to bring value and support the goals of the Chairman and the Homeland Security community."
The subcommittee's jurisdiction includes oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); preparedness for responding to terrorism; first responder grants for response training; coordination between various levels of government and organizations for terrorism-related emergency preparedness and response; and technology development and use for combating terrorism and for disaster response.
Congresswoman Richardson is a Democrat from California's 37th Congressional District. She is a member of the House Committees on Transportation & Infrastructure and Homeland Security. Her district includes Long Beach, Compton, Carson, Watts, Willowbrook and Signal Hill.