After failing in her bid
for the top spot as chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, Congresswoman
Candy Miller has landed the vice chair post. She will also continue to serve as
chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, a position she has
held for the past two years.
On the other side of the
aisle, Rep. Gary Peters has been named to the Democratic whip team as a senior whip for the 2013-14
session of Congress. Peters, a
Bloomfield Township Democrat, will serve under Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s
leadership team, where he will help keep the Democratic lawmakers in line with
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Peters proved himself to be a highly effective leader by delivering real
results for Michigan's auto industry when it mattered most,” said Hoyer, a
Maryland Democrat. “Gary has been a key ally in our ‘Make It In America’ agenda
and … as we move into 2013, America needs leaders like Gary Peters who will take
point in the fight to create more good paying, middle-class manufacturing
Miller, who also
appointed chair of the Committee on House Administration, has served on the committee
that oversees the Homeland Security Department for five years. The subcommittee
she chairs reports to the full Homeland Security Committee.
“As chairman of the
Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, I will continue my oversight and
legislative efforts to ensure our nation’s borders are adequately secured
against illegal immigration, drug and human smuggling, as well as the
exploitation of the legitimate visa process,” said the Harrison Township
“During my tenure as
Chairman, I have conducted effective oversight that has forced positive change
to our nation’s security. I will continue to push needed legislation that
will ensure we implement strong protections to our borders and global supply chain.
Our nation’s borders can and must be secured, and my goal will be to see that
the department is making progress in this area vital to our national security.”