Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Participates in first House Rules Committee Meeting of 117th Congress

January 12, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) officially re-joined the House Committee on Rules and participated in its first meeting of the 117th Congress. Congressman DeSaulnier was recently re-appointed to serve a second term as a member of the committee, having first been appointed in 2019. Indicative of the Committee’s importance, this first meeting considered legislation introduced by Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) that calls on Vice President Mike Pence to enact the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office.

“Serving on the House Committee on Rules has been an honor and I am excited to continue the Committee’s important work,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “Working alongside Chairman Jim McGovern and my fellow Committee members has provided me with an opportunity to weigh in on nearly all of the major issues that come before Congress while at the same time helping to advance our Democratic agenda. Ensuring that process is fair, open, and transparent remains of the utmost importance and I am eager to continue that work.”

“Congressman DeSaulnier is a fighter through and through. He brings that same spirit to his work in Congress, defending the working people of this nation at every turn. I’m proud to welcome him back to the Rules Committee and look forward to working with him as this Majority fights to build a more just economy for every single American,” said Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA). 

First created in 1789, the House Rules Committee is one of the longest existing committees in the House of Representatives. The Committee is commonly known as “The Speaker’s Committee” because it was chaired by the Speaker until 1910. Through this appointment, Congressman DeSaulnier will play a significant role in setting the agenda of the 117th Congress.

For over 30 years, DeSaulnier has served at nearly every level of government from mayor to the California assembly and senate, where he passed 61 bills into law and received the distinction of being the first freshman in history to chair the Assembly Transportation Committee. In the California Assembly, he also had the distinction to serve on the Rules Committee. For the past five years, he has represented California’s 11th Congressional District in the East Bay of San Francisco. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, attended the College of the Holy Cross, and has been a small business owner most of his career.