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U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews of Haddon Heights — a regular at Barrington parades and other major events —
earned unanimous support from his Democratic colleagues in Congress and will serve as co-chair of party’s Steering and Policy Committee for the 113th Congress.
According to PolitickerNJ.com:
Congressman Andrews was selected to lead as Co-Chair for Policy, where he will be tasked to help shape and advance the Democrats’ agenda in the upcoming Congress. The Committee is also responsible for recommending Members for various appointments and committee assignments. Andrews will participate in determining committee assignments for all Democratic members, and will help oversee the process of choosing the Democratic leaders of all House committees.
“I am humbled and honored that Leader Pelosi has given me this opportunity to serve my Caucus and help guide our best ideas into meaningful policy for the middle class,” said Andrews. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to build a bipartisan agenda that addresses the needs of everyday Americans who are struggling to find work, health care, and a good education.”
In his Chairmanship, Rep. Andrews joins Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), who was reappointed to serve as Co-Chair for Steering. DeLauro and Andrews will serve as key advisers to Leader Pelosi as the Democrats work to build on their successes in the 2012 election, which saw the party increase its ranks from 192 members to 200 members.
TheHill.com also noted:
In a report released over the summer, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) said Andrews’s campaign expenditures — including thousands of dollars on trips to Los Angeles and Ireland — “may have violated House rules and federal law.”
Andrews has denied wrongdoing, but late last year he reimbursed his campaign committee and leadership PAC to the tune of more than $30,000, according to the OCE.
In August, the House Ethics Committee extended its probe into Andrews, but has been silent on the matter since then.