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06/01/2005 | Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson gets nod as ranking Democrat on new House Homeland Security Committee

Martin Edwin Andersen

The ranking Democratic member of the House Homeland Security Committee will be 7-term Mississippi Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, whose 2nd Congressional district is bordered by more than 250 miles of Mississippi River frontage.

 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made the announcement Wednesday. Thompson, who was next in line for the position in the last Congress, will succeed Rep. Jim Turner, D-Texas, who did not seek re-election after his district was redrawn by the Texas Legislature.

“I am proud to name Bennie Thompson to be the ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee,” Pelosi said in a prepared statement. “He is a demonstrated leader on homeland security issues.”

Thompson, a life-long civil rights activist, served as ranking member of the Homeland subcommittee on emergency preparedness.

As the new ranking member, Thompson will have greater authority than did Turner, Congressional sources say, due to a resolution adopted by House Republicans on Tuesday that transformed the House Select Committee on Homeland Security into a standing committee with more jurisdiction.

However, these sources say, the results of the November elections, combined with House rules governing membership of standing committees, means that Thompson will lead a reduced number of Democratic committee members.

Martin Edwin Andersen can be reached at Mick_Andersen@portsecuritynews.com.

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