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Andrew R. Garbarino
New York (NY) – 2nd, Republican
Oath of Office: Jan. 07, 2023
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U.S. House New York District 2
2021 - Present
November 8, 2022
November 5, 2024
George Washington University
Hofstra University School of Law
Andrew Garbarino ( Republican Party ) is a member of the U.S. House , representing New York's 2nd Congressional District . He assumed office on January 3, 2021. His current term ends on January 3, 2025.
Garbarino ( Republican Party ) is running for re-election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 2nd Congressional District . He declared candidacy for the 2024 election.
- 1 Biography
- 2.1 U.S. House
- 2.2.1 2017 legislative session
- 2.2.2 2015 legislative session
- 2.2.3 2013-2014
- 3.1 Key votes: 117th Congress, 2021-2023
- 4 Sponsored legislation
- 5.1.1 Endorsements
- 5.3.1 Candidate profile
- 6.3.1 Campaign website
- 7 Notable endorsements
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 Footnotes
Andrew Garbarino was born in Sayville, New York. Garbarino earned a B.A. in history and classical humanities from George Washington University and a J.D. from Hofstra University. His career experience includes working with his family's law firm. Garbarino is a member of the Sayville Rotary Club and Knights of Columbus.  
Garbarino was assigned to the following committees: [Source]
- Committee on Financial Services
- Capital Markets , Vice Chairman
- Housing and Insurance
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation , Chairman
- Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
- Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation , Ranking Member
- Committee on Small Business
- Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access
- Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development
New York State Assembly
Garbarino was assigned to the following committees:
- Codes Committee
- Racing and Wagering Committee
- Health Committee
- Higher Education Committee
- Insurance Committee
2017 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2017 legislative session, this legislator served on the following committees:
2015 legislative session
At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Garbarino served on the following committees:
In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Garbarino served on the following committees:
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Key votes: 117th Congress, 2021-2023
The 117th United States Congress began on January 3, 2021 and ended on January 3, 2023. At the start of the session, Democrats held the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives (222-213), and the U.S. Senate had a 50-50 makeup. Democrats assumed control of the Senate on January 20, 2021, when President Joe Biden (D) and Vice President Kamala Harris (D), who acted as a tie-breaking vote in the chamber, assumed office. We identified the key votes below using Congress' top-viewed bills list and through marquee coverage of certain votes on Ballotpedia.
The following table lists bills this person sponsored as a legislator, according to BillTrack50 and sorted by action history. Bills are sorted by the date of their last action. The following list may not be comprehensive. To see all bills this legislator sponsored, click on the legislator's name in the title of the table.
See also: New York's 2nd Congressional District election, 2024
The general election will occur on November 5, 2024.
General election for U.S. House New York District 2
Incumbent Andrew Garbarino and Rob Lubin are running in the general election for U.S. House New York District 2 on November 5, 2024.
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- Muzib Huq (D)
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Incumbent Andrew Garbarino defeated Jackie Gordon in the general election for U.S. House New York District 2 on November 8, 2022.
Democratic primary election
The Democratic primary election was canceled. Jackie Gordon advanced from the Democratic primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
- William Hoist (D)
- Mike Sax (D)
Republican primary election
Republican primary for u.s. house new york district 2.
Incumbent Andrew Garbarino defeated Robert Cornicelli and Mike Rakebrandt in the Republican primary for U.S. House New York District 2 on August 23, 2022.
Conservative Party primary election
The Conservative Party primary election was canceled. Incumbent Andrew Garbarino advanced from the Conservative Party primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
Working Families Party primary election
The Working Families Party primary election was canceled. Jackie Gordon advanced from the Working Families Party primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
See also: New York's 2nd Congressional District election, 2020
New York's 2nd Congressional District election, 2020 (June 23 Democratic primary)
New York's 2nd Congressional District election, 2020 (June 23 Republican primary)
Andrew Garbarino defeated Jackie Gordon and Harry Burger in the general election for U.S. House New York District 2 on November 3, 2020.
- Daniel Ross (Independent)
- Philip MacRuari (Independent)
Democratic primary for U.S. House New York District 2
Jackie Gordon defeated Patricia Maher in the Democratic primary for U.S. House New York District 2 on June 23, 2020.
- Kevin Gomez (D)
- Johanna Ellerup (D)
Andrew Garbarino defeated Michael LiPetri in the Republican primary for U.S. House New York District 2 on June 23, 2020.
- Peter King (R)
- Robert Kudler (R)
- Nancy Hemindinger (R)
- Nicholas J. LaLota (R)
- Trish Bergin Weichbrodt (R)
The Conservative Party primary election was canceled. Andrew Garbarino advanced from the Conservative Party primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
Green primary election
The Green primary election was canceled. Harry Burger advanced from the Green primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
Independence Party primary election
The Independence Party primary election was canceled. Jackie Gordon advanced from the Independence Party primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
Libertarian primary election
The Libertarian primary election was canceled. Andrew Garbarino advanced from the Libertarian primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
Serve America Movement Party primary election
The Serve America Movement Party primary election was canceled. Andrew Garbarino advanced from the Serve America Movement Party primary for U.S. House New York District 2.
Party: Conservative Party
- New York State Assembly (Assumed office: 2013)
Biography: Garbarino received a bachelor’s degree in history and classical humanities from George Washington University and a law degree from Hofstra University. After graduating, he worked as an attorney at his family’s law firm.
The following key messages were curated by Ballotpedia staff. For more on how we identify key messages, click here .
Garbarino said he supported law enforcement and would oppose reducing police department budgets.
Garbarino said he would work to reduce taxes and repeal the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. He said Jackie Gordon (D) raised taxes while on the Babylon Town Council.
Garbarino said he would hold China accountable in relation to the coronavirus. He said he would work to prevent Chinese-owned technology companies from having access to American data, infrastructure, and networks.
Sources: YouTube , "Fight for Long Island," June 9, 2020 ; YouTube , "Back The Blue," September 17, 2020 ; YouTube , "Tax and Spend," October 5, 2020 ; Andrew Garbarino's 2020 campaign website , "Delivering Results for Long Island Families," accessed October 8, 2020 ; Andrew Garbarino's 2020 campaign website , "Why I'm Running," accessed October 8, 2020 ; New York Assembly , "AssemblymemberAndrew R. Garbarino," accessed October 8, 2020
This information was current as of the candidate's run for U.S. House New York District 2 in 2020.
General election for New York State Assembly District 7
Incumbent Andrew Garbarino defeated Tom Murray in the general election for New York State Assembly District 7 on November 6, 2018.
Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 7
Tom Murray advanced from the Democratic primary for New York State Assembly District 7 on September 13, 2018.
Republican primary for New York State Assembly District 7
Incumbent Andrew Garbarino advanced from the Republican primary for New York State Assembly District 7 on September 13, 2018.
Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 13, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for major party candidates was July 14, 2016. The filing deadline for independent candidates was August 23, 2016.
Incumbent Andrew Garbarino defeated Nicholas R. Gambini in the New York State Assembly District 7 general election.  
Nicholas R. Gambini ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 7 Democratic primary.  
Incumbent Andrew Garbarino ran unopposed in the New York State Assembly District 7 Republican primary.  
Garbarino also ran on the Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party tickets.
Elections for the New York State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014 . The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Deborah Pfeiffer was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Andrew Garbarino was unopposed in the Republican primary. Garbarino also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Garbarino defeated Pfeiffer in the general election.   
Garbarino ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 7. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. He defeated Christopher D. Bodkin in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.   
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Garbarino won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2016. During that election cycle, Garbarino raised a total of $102,075 .
Garbarino won re-election to the New York State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Garbarino raised a total of $74,430 .
Garbarino won election to the New York State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Garbarino raised a total of $109,197 .
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- ↑ Representative Andrew Garbarino , "About," accessed April 20, 2021
- ↑ Garbarino for Congress , "Why I'm Running," accessed April 20, 2021
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.5376 - Inflation Reduction Act of 2022," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.3617 - Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.1808 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2022," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "S.1605 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.7776 - James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2021," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "S.3373 - Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act of 2022," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.4346 - Chips and Science Act," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.3755 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2021," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.1996 - SAFE Banking Act of 2021," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.2471 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.5 - Equality Act," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.8404 - Respect for Marriage Act," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.6833 - Continuing Appropriations and Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.7688 - Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.5746 - Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "S.2938 - Bipartisan Safer Communities Act," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.Res.24 - Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.," accessed April 15, 2022
- ↑ Congress.gov , "H.R.2617 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023," accessed January 20, 2023
- ↑ New York State Board of Elections , "2016 General Election Candidate List," accessed October 11, 2016
- ↑ New York State Board of Elections , "Election results, 2016," accessed December 23, 2016
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 New York State Board of Elections , "Filings received for the 2016 State/Local Primary," accessed August 29, 2016
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 New York State Board of Elections , "Election returns September 13, 2016," accessed November 6, 2016
- ↑ New York Board of Elections , "Certification for the September 9, 2014, State Primary Election," accessed December 17, 2014
- ↑ New York Board of Elections , "Primary results for September 9, 2014," accessed October 1, 2014
- ↑ New York Board of Elections , "NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 4, 2014," accessed December 17, 2014
- ↑ State of New York, State Board of Elections , "Candidate List for the September 13, 2012, State Primary Election," accessed July 31, 2014
- ↑ State of New York, State Board of Elections , "Official September 13, 2012, Primary Results," accessed July 31, 2014
- ↑ State of New York, State Board of Elections , "Official Assembly Election Returns Nov. 6, 2012," accessed July 31, 2014
- ↑ Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributable to the original source.
- ↑ Andrew Garbarino’s campaign website , “Delivering Results for Long Island Families,” accessed October 13, 2020
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The Republican Steering Committee yesterday handed down committee assignments for new and returning GOP House members, including for the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Armed Services and Judiciary Committees. While the assignments must still be ratified by the House GOP conference, they’re unlikely to see major changes. Here are the new additions to these key committees:
Foreign Affairs Committee:
Chair: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) is a U.S. Army Reserve colonel who has been vocal on a range of Middle East policy issues. In the previous congressional session, he co-led a bipartisan letter calling for a further-reaching Iran deal and a bipartisan letter urging the administration not to downgrade the U.S. official responsible for Israeli-Palestinian security coordination. He was also the lead House sponsor of legislation aiming to codify the Trump administration’s maximum pressure sanctions on Iran. He spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2021 conference and cosponsored the Israel Relations Normalization Act .
Rep. French Hill (R-AR) most recently traveled to Israel in 2021 with a Foreign Affairs Committee delegation, although he was not a member of the committee at the time. Last year, he was one of a small number of lawmakers who signed onto a letter alleging that Israeli extremists had been allowed to attack Christians and Christian sites in Jerusalem “with impunity.” Hill also cosponsored the Maximum Pressure Act in the previous Congress, supporting imposing an additional series of sanctions on Iran and limiting the administration’s ability to roll back existing sanctions, and the Israel Relations Normalization Act.
Rep. Jim Baird (R-IN) is an Army veteran who served in the Vietnam war. During the 2021 military conflict between Israel and Gaza, he said , “The launching of rocket attacks with the goal of hurting innocent civilians is reprehensible and should be denounced by everyone. I will always stand by Israel and their right to self-defense.” During wrangling over funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system later that year, he falsely accused Democrats of voting to “remove funding” for Iron Dome. He cosponsored the Maximum Pressure Act and the Israel Relations Normalization Act.
Rep. John James (R-MI) is a first-term member and West Point graduate who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq. In an interview with Jewish Insider last year , he said, “There must be no public space between the United States of America and Israel” and that Israel must maintain “economic and military dominance” in the region. He’s supportive of expanding the Abraham Accords and opposed to negotiations with Iran. He told JI in 2020 he supports a two-state solution, but decried the Palestinian Authority as not participating in the peace process and said he would defer to Israel on potential annexation of parts of the West Bank.
Rep. Thomas Kean (R-NJ) , a freshman, hails from a long-running New Jersey political dynasty with long-standing ties to the Jewish community. He told JI in 2020 that visits to Auschwitz and Moscow, the latter of which was to meet with Soviet refuseniks , had shaped his “entire approach to public service,” particularly to Israel. In the New Jersey State Legislature, he led a bipartisan effort to deny state investments in Airbnb after it announced it would not list Israeli homes in the West Bank.
Rep. Michael Lawler (R-NY) is a freshman representing a heavily Jewish district in the Hudson Valley — a fact Lawler noted in a statement announcing his appointment to the Foreign Affairs Committee. “With ongoing challenges in the Middle East and an emboldened Iran looming, it will be critically important to bolster our support for one of our closest allies, Israel, in the coming weeks, months, and years,” he said.
Rep. Rich McCormick (R-GA) , a first-term lawmaker, served for 20 years in the Marine Corps and Navy, reaching the rank of commander. In a questionnaire submitted to JI as a candidate in 2020 , McCormick expressed support for a two-state solution and the Trump administration’s peace plan: “Any plan for the Middle East must recognize Israel’s right to exist, provide the Palestinian people with the right to self determination and ensure access to the holy sites of Jerusalem… I also believe that peace should not demand the uprooting of people — Arab or Jew — from their homes.”
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) is a five-term lawmaker with a largely conventional pro-Israel legislative and voting record. He signed onto the Maximum Pressure Act in the previous Congress and cosponsored the Israel Relations Normalization Act.
Delegate Amata Radewagen (R-AS) represents American Samoa and traveled to Israel in 2019, after which he described Israel as a “reliable ally of the United States” and “important to the region’s stability, prosperity and the cause of freedom.”
Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) is a former Army Ranger and West Point graduate. He came under fire last year for comparing vaccination policies in Washington, D.C., to the Nazi regime, comments for which he ultimately apologized.
Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) is a freshman Iraq War veteran and former member of Joint Special Operations Command , who worked subsequently in private security and defense contracting. In a statement on his appointment to the Foreign Affairs and Armed Services Committees, Mills focused primarily on decrying “woke ideology plaguing our military.”
Rep. Nathaniel Moran (R-TX) is a former local judge and city council member in Texas. He attended West Point for two years. A freshman, he replaces former Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) in the House.
Rep. Keith Self (R-TX) is a first-term member and former county judge, who served in the Army Rangers in Qatar, Egypt, Germany, Afghanistan and Belgium.
Staying and Going: Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Darell Issa (R-CA), Andy Barr (R-KY), Scott Perry (R-PA), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Ken Buck (R-CO), Brian Mast (R-FL), Tim Burchet (R-TN), Mark Green (R-TN), Ronny Jackson (R-TX), Young Kim (R-CA) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) will continue their service on the committee. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Greg Steube (R-FL), Dan Meuser (R-PA), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), August Pfluger (R-TX) and Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) are stepping off the committee. Former Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) did not win reelection, and Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) did not seek re-election.
Homeland Security Committee:
Chair: Rep. Mark Green (R-TN)
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-TX) was removed from her committee assignments in 2021, but restored yesterday to plum assignments on the Homeland Security and Oversight Committees — to which she was reportedly selected unanimously. Greene promoted QAnon and other conspiracy theories relating to 9/11 and school shootings, claimed that space weapons controlled by a prominent Jewish family were responsible for wildfires in California, made comments that Jewish groups described as antisemitic and spoke at a conference organized by white nationalist Nick Fuentes. Greene has more recently sought distance from her far-right positions, becoming a key ally of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and disavowing Fuentes.
McCarthy said yesterday that he thought it was “great” that Greene was selected for the Homeland Security Committee. Republicans have pledged to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (R-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee for her own antisemitic comments. None of the Republican lawmakers who voted to remove Greene from her committees in 2021 — including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who sits on the Steering Committee — responded to requests for comment. Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), the former vice chair of the committee, tweeted that he is “HORRIFIED” that Greene is set to join it. “A QAnon conspiracy theorist + Jan 6 insurrectionist doesn’t belong on a committee that exists to fight extremism,” he said.
Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) is a former police officer and town councilman from Nassau County, who, in an interview with JI last year , detailed his frequent work with local Jewish communal leaders on security issues, including the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. The freshman legislator called for further funding for nonprofit security and antisemitism education, as well as policy changes allowing more antisemitic crimes to be prosecuted at the federal level.
Nick LaLota (R-NY) is a freshman who served three overseas tours in the Navy. Last week, he called on Rep. George Santos (R-NY) to resign, citing in part allegations that Santos had flashed a white power hand signal on the House floor. He replaced former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) in the House, after Zeldin, who had been one of two Jewish Republicans in the House last Congress, mounted a gubernatorial bid. LaLota represents a heavily Jewish district, and has expressed support for U.S.-Israel security cooperation.
Morgan Luttrell (R-TX) is a first-term lawmaker and former Navy SEAL who earned the rank of lieutenant. He won his primary in what was described as a “proxy war” between the establishment — himself — and the hard-right wing of the party. He listed “protect Israel at all costs” among his policy priorities on his campaign site.
Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) is a Navy veteran who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, specializing in cybersecurity . He was among the minority of Republicans who voted last year in favor of a bill supporting expanded funding and resources for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. He has also been active on Israel and Middle East policy issues, is an alumnus of the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s national security fellows program and a former legislative fellow for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Eli Crane (R-AZ) is a freshman lawmaker and a former Navy SEAL who was deployed five times, including three times in the Middle East. Crane was one the Republican critics who opposed McCarthy’s speakership bid, voting for different candidates up until the final round of balloting, when he voted “present.”
Josh Brecheen (R-OK) is a first-term House member and a former Oklahoma state senator. He voted against McCarthy in the speaker’s race until the 12th round of balloting, when McCarthy agreed to additional concessions to right-wing holdouts.
Mike Ezell (R-MS) is a first-term lawmaker and former sheriff, with a degree in criminal justice. He graduated from both the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy and the FBI National Academy.
Laurel Lee (R-FL) , a freshman, is Florida’s former secretary of state and a former state court judge.
Dale Strong (R-AL) is a first-term member and former local official, as well as a firefighter, EMT and 911 dispatcher.
Back again: Reps. August Pfluger (R-TX), Michael Guest (R-MS), Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Clay Higgins (R-LA), Dan Bishop (R-NC) and Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) are set to be reappointed to the committee. Reps. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Jake LaTurner (R-KS) and Kat Cammack (R-FL) are not expected to return. Reps. Mayra Flores (R-TX) and Peter Meijer (R-MI) lost reelection.
Armed Services Committee:
Chair: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Nancy Mace (R-SC) is the first female graduate of The Citadel , a military college, although she never served in the military. On her campaign site , Mace pledged to support the U.S.-Israel relationship and work to cut off aid to “any country that does not seek peace with Israel.” She called for “a regional peace accord that stops an Islamic nuclear state and stems the tide of ballistic missile proliferation” in lieu of an Iran nuclear deal. She told JI in 2020 that she “would never presume to dictate” the terms of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) , who represents Miami, was vocal on various Middle East policy issues during his first term in Congress, including leading a resolution supporting Israeli security and condemning terrorist attacks amid the 2021 Gaza conflict, and supporting sanctions on Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah . The sophomore legislator was also an early and vocal advocate for expelling Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Jen Kiggans (R-VA) is a freshman lawmaker and former Navy helicopter pilot representing a district including the Norfolk Naval Center. Kiggans said last year that “Israel has been a strong strategic ally for the United States in the Middle East. As tensions rise in the Middle East, the United States’ cooperation with Israel must continue to grow.” Kiggans replaced pro-Israel stalwart Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) in the House.
Brad Finstad (R-MN) is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and U.S. Department of Agriculture official, who was first elected to fill a vacancy in August 2022, before winning a full term last November. He did not amass a significant record on Middle East policy in his initial months in Congress.
Mark Alford (R-MO) is a freshman lawmaker and former TV news reporter, who represents a district containing two military bases .
Strong, Mills, LaLota, Luttrel and McCormick will also sit on the Armed Services Committee.
Chair: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) signed on to a recent bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism by “public figures” following Kanye West’s dinner with former President Donald Trump. The former Democrat, who switched parties in 2020, has also supported legislation expanding Holocaust education and honoring an Ohio Holocaust memorial . He voted in favor of the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act , which provided incentives to law enforcement to submit hate crime report data, in 2021.
Lance Gooden (R-TX) cosponsored legislation pushing harsher sentences for and better enforcement against antisemitic hate crimes; condemning anti-Israel and antisemitic hatred and endorsing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism; and expanding Holocaust education. He voted against Jabara-Heyer.
Barry Moore (R-AL) tied rising antisemitism in a 2021 interview to “the moral decline in our country” as well as gaps in Holocaust education. He claimed that “the left… don’t seem to care for the Jewish people” and praised former President Donald Trump’s executive order on antisemitism . He voted against Jabara-Heyer.
Harriet Hageman (R-WY) is the first-term lawmaker who unseated former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). She told JI last year that it’s incumbent on lawmakers to use their bully pulpit to combat antisemitism. “You expose it, you challenge it, you make clear that it’s absolutely unacceptable, you don’t engage in it yourself, and you make sure that the people who do engage in that kind of behavior are called out,” she said.
Wesley Hunt (R-TX) is a West Point graduate and former military helicopter pilot. He said last year that he has longstanding ties to the Houston Jewish community and called visiting Israel’s Yad Vashem Museum and Memorial “one of the most sobering moments” of his life and “a constant reminder of the importance of freedom.”
Kevin Kiley (R-CA) is a former California State Assembly member and a first-term member of the House. In the State Assembly, he criticized the state’s proposed ethnic studies curriculum , echoing criticisms leveled by the Assembly’s Jewish Caucus and noting, “While drafters have been admonished to take it easy on the anti-Semitism, dozens of Jewish groups remain opposed.” In 2017, he condemned vandalism at a synagogue in his district, calling it “disgraceful and criminal” but “no match for the values that animate our multi-faced faith community.”
Ben Cline (R-VA) tweeted on Holocaust Remembrance Day last year, “Antisemitism has no place in society, and we must always stand against hate and evil wherever in the world it is occurring.” He also signed a letter calling for an “independent investigation” of the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh last year. He voted against Jabara-Heyer.
Troy Nehls (R-TX) is a former sheriff and Army reservist. He voted in favor of Jabara-Heyer.
Russell Fry (R-SC) is a freshman and former member of the South Carolina House, who beat former Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) in a primary last year.
Moran and Lee were also named to the Judiciary Committee.
Turnover: Reps. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ken Buck (R-CO), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Mike Johnson (R-LA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Chip Roy (R-TX) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) are remaining on the committee. Reps. Burgess Owens (R-UT), Greg Steube (R-FL) and Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) will not return to the committee.
Other notable assignments :
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was reinstated to the Natural Resources and Oversight Committees, from which he was removed for tweeting a video showing him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Gosar has spoken at Fuentes’ conferences twice and promoted Fuentes as recently as last September , after attempting to distance himself from the white nationalist leader. Gosar was also one of the Republican House members who opposed McCarthy’s speakership bid.
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) , who had been seeking assignments on two high-profile committees, Foreign Affairs and Financial Services, received neither, landing on the Small Business Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
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House and Senate Release Additional Committee Assignments for 118th Congress
Key U.S. House of Representatives and Senate committees are beginning to take shape as the 118 th Congress gets underway.
The House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) released on January 15 an updated list of members appointed to serve on the committee. The HFSC oversees all components of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors, including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. Committee members are charged with reviewing laws and programs related to HUD, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and other finance agencies.
The members of the HFSC for the 118 th Congress will be:
- Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Chair
- Maxing Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member
- Frank Lucas (R-OK)
- Bill Posey (R-FL)
- Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
- Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
- Ann Wagner (R-MO)
- Andy Barr (R-KY)
- Roger Williams (R-TX)
- French Hill (R-AR)
- Tom Emmer (R-MN)
- Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)
- Alexander Mooney (R-WV)
- Warren Davidson (R-OH)
- John Rose (R-TN)
- Bryan Steil (R-WI)
- Lance Gooden (R-TX)
- William Timmons (R-SC)
- Ralph Norman (R-SC)
- Dan Meuser (R-PA)
- Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI)
- Andrew Garbarino (R-NY)
- Young Kim (R-CA)
- Byron Donalds (R-FL)
- Mike Flood (R-NE)
- Zach Nunn (R-IA)
- Monica De La Cruz (R-TX)
- Erin Houchin (R-IN)
- Andy Ogles (R-TN)
- Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
- Brad Sherman (D-CA)
- Gregory Meeks (D-NY)
- Stephen Lunch (D-MA)
- Al Green (D-TX)
- Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
- Jim Himes (D-CT)
- Bill Foster (D-IL)
- Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
- Juan Vargas (D-CA)
- Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
- Vincente Gonzalez (D-TX)
- Sean Casten (D-IL)
- Ayanna Pressley (D-MA)
- Ritchie Torres (D-NY)
- Steven Horsford (D-NV)
- Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)
- Sylvia Garcia (D-TX)
- Nikema Williams (D-GA)
- Wiley Nickel (D-NC)
- Brittany Pettersen (D-CO)
The HFSC’s Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance oversees HUD and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), as well as matters related to housing affordability, rural housing, community development, and government-sponsored insurance programs. Subcommittee assignments have not yet been released.
In addition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released Democratic committee assignments.
The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee (often referred to as the Senate Banking Committee) oversees legislation, petitions, and other matters related to financial institutions, economic policy, housing, transportation, urban development, international trade and finance, and securities and investments. Democratic members of the committee include:
- Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair
- Jack Reed (D-RI)
- Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
- Jon Tester (D-MT)
- Mark Warner (D-VA)
- Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
- Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
- Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
- Tina Smith (D-MN)
- Krysten Sinema (I-AZ)
- Raphael Warnock (D-GA)
- John Fetterman (D-PA)
The Senate Appropriations Committee is responsible for determine the amount of funding made available to all authorized programs each year. Democratic members of the committee include:
- Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair
- Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
- Dick Durban (D-IL)
- Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
- Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
- Chris Coons (D-DE)
- Brian Schatz (D-HI)
- Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
- Chris Murphy (D-CT)
- Joe Manchin (D-WV)
- Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
- Gary Peters (D-MI)
The Senate Finance Committee oversees matters related to taxation and other general revenue measures, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Democratic members of the committee include:
- Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chair
- Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
- Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
- Tom Carper (D-DE)
- Ben Cardin (D-MD)
- Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
- Michael Bennet (D-CO)
- Bob Casey (D-PA)
- Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
- Maggie Hassan (D-NH)
Republican committee assignments in the Senate, and members of other key housing committees in the House, have not yet been released. NLIHC will continue to monitor Hill activity and provide updated committee information as it becomes available.
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Embattled Rep. George Santos gets two House committee assignments
Some constituents of Long Island Congressman George Santos want his passport taken away while multiple investigations are ongoing into potential campaign finance violations.
While Santos admits to fabricating his resume to get elected, he denies wrongdoing over allegations of misusing campaign funds and lying on the financial disclosure he filed as a candidate.
Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan said Santos is a liability.
“We believe an indictment of George Santos is not a matter of if, but a matter of when,” Lafazan said, standing outside of LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday.
This week, Santos was placed on two Congressional committees: Small Business, and Science, Space and Technology.
This is despite House Speaker Kevin McCarthy saying last week that Santos should not be seated on key committees that deal with sensitive information. McCarthy told reporters on Tuesday he will treat Santos like any other member of Congress.
An indictment would force Santos off any committee. However, there is precedent for removing members of Congress from committee preemptively, including when then-Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made racist comments in 2019, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) who was removed over alleged support for violence against Democrats.
“I don’t condone what he said, what he’s done. I don’t think anybody does,” Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), chair of the Small Business Committee, told CNN. “But that’s not my role. He was elected.”
Santos has yet to be charged with any crime. He is being investigated by federal, state and local prosecutors, as well as the Federal Ethics Committee and the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, for possible criminal activities, after the New York Times reported in December about the “embellished” personal and financial history he used to get elected.
House Republicans say Santos will be dealt with “internally.”
Rep. Nick LaLota (R-NY) has called for the resignation of Santos, a fellow Republican freshman in Congress. He joined New York State and Long Island Republicans who called for Santos to step down from office last week.
LaLota wants the GOP-led House Ethics Committee to investigate allegations against Santos, and has called on them to freeze money in Santos’ campaign finance account.
He offered to “take to the lead” to give federal agencies more authority to do so.
Also in Congress:
- LaLota, a U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, won seats on the House Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.
- Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) won a seat on the House Financial Services Committee and remains on the Homeland Security Committee for his second term.
- Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) won seats on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.
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