San Diego Union Tribune
July 1, 2006
Bilbray wins assignment to three House committees
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON – Recently elected Rep. Brian Bilbray,
R-Carlsbad, has won assignments to two committees important to his
North County district and one that could be dealing with some
Recently elected to the seat vacated by imprisoned former Rep.
Randy “Duke” Cunningham, Bilbray will serve on the House Armed
Services and Veterans Affairs committees, which deal with issues
vital to all of San Diego County and particularly his district
with its large population of active duty and retired military
personnel and their family members.
He also will serve on the
House Government Reform Committee, which handles legislation on
criminal justice, drug policy, energy and resources, the federal
work force and government management.
Because he served six years in the House in another district
before being defeated by Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, in 2000,
Bilbray will enjoy seniority over many of the newer members of
Bilbray's seat on the Armed Services panel was made possible by
the agreement of Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, to
take an immediate leave of absence from the committee.
According to the Congressional Quarterly publication,
McKeon told House Republican leaders he planned to leave the Armed
Services Committee because of time pressure. McKeon also serves on
the House Education and Workforce Committee. The leadership
persuaded him to take the leave of absence now to allow Bilbray to
join a committee that could help him in what is likely to be a
hotly contested campaign to win a full two-year term in November.
Bilbray won a relatively narrow victory in a June 6 special
election to fill the seat vacated by Cunningham, now serving a
federal prison term for taking millions of dollars from defense
contractors in exchange for directing federal funds to them.
By taking a leave from the committee, instead of resigning his
seat, McKeon will retain his seniority on the panel if he chooses
to return in the next Congress.