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Saturday, March 6th, 2021

Underwood to chair cybersecurity subcommittee

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House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) has appointed Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) to chair the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation.

“From persistent attempts by foreign adversaries to influence our elections to growing cybersecurity threats amidst the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, our country faces unprecedented threats and it is critical we have the leadership in place to tackle these growing challenges,” Thompson said. “It is my incredible honor to have Congresswoman Underwood serve as Chair of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation. She has served admirably as the Vice Chair of the Committee and I know she is ready to confront the multifaceted issues facing our nation. I look forward to continuing our work together to secure our elections, protect our homeland, and conduct critical oversight of this Administration.”

Underwood previously served as the vice chair of the Homeland Security Committee.

“Our nation faces homeland security threats that endanger not only the lives of Americans, but the foundation of the democracy we hold dear,” Underwood said. “As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, I look forward to advancing legislation that makes us safer — whether that means securing our elections against foreign interference and cyberattacks, or protecting our schools and houses of worship from targeted violence — and conducting oversight of the Administration to ensure the job gets done.”

Underwood said with the 2020 election currently underway nationwide, the committee’s work remains critical.