Rep. K. Michael Conaway will chair the House Ethics Committee during the 113th Congress, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Monday. The four-term Texas Republican is a certified public accountant and has served on the committee since 2009.
“Mike has all the tools to be an effective Ethics Committee chairman: he is well-respected on both sides of the aisle; he has led investigations of public officials in the past; and he understands the importance of both education and enforcement of the rules,” Boehner said in a statement. “The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of conduct from their elected officials, and I’m confident that under Mike’s leadership the Ethics Committee will continue to be a guardian of their trust and a guarantor of accountability in the people’s House.”
Boehner also announced that Republican Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania, and Rep.-elect Susan W. Brooks of Indiana will serve as committee members. Dent and Conaway are the only Republicans returning to the committee.
Until Monday, the Ethics Committee was the only panel without a named chairman, following the announcement of the other panels’ leaders earlier this month.
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, D-Calif., is returning as the committee’s ranking member. Other Democrats on the panel have not yet been named. One of the committee’s first orders of business is a scheduled announcement in two matters related to Reps. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., and Aaron Schock, R-Ill., that were referred by the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The committee will disclose its next steps in those cases by Jan. 28.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.