ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The Democratic caucus voted Wednesday morning for a new ranking member and a replacement member to serve on the powerful House Judiciary Committee.
Democrats selected Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York to replace former Congressman John Conyers of Michigan as the new ranking member on the Committee. Congresswoman Val Demings, a former Orlando police chief, was appointed to fill the vacancy.
“Congresswoman Val Demings is a fearless champion for justice and equality,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a released statement. “As a 27-year veteran of the police force who rose to become Orlando’s first female Chief of Police, Congresswoman Demings embodies integrity, courage and effectiveness.”
“She will bring such an important voice to the judiciary committee,” Pelosi said of Demings during a press conference covered by C-Span2
“After a troubling year, it has become increasingly obvious that the most fundamental issues facing our country are matters of justice,” Demings said.
“The safety and security of our families and our communities depend on protecting the future of our democracy. The soul of our nation depends on our ability to expand equality and to balance respect for the rule of law with its proper application in all situations with all persons.”
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