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Rep. Mike Quigley snags Appropriations Committee seat
WASHINGTON–Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) snagged a coveted seat on the House Appropriations Committee on Friday. If Quigley had not been tapped, Illinois otherwise would have lost representation on the influential panel–where now former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) served before his resignation.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Friday the final round of appointments for the new Congress that started on Thursday.
Pelosi told the Sun-Times, “Quigley will bring the values of his district, the aspirations of his constituents, and a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility and job creation to his work on the Appropriations Committee.
“Ever since coming to Congress, he has proven himself a dedicated fighter for middle class families in Chicago and across the country, and he will contribute that same energy, passion, and perseverance to the task of determining where and how we invest public funds to strengthen our economy.”
Quigley had been lobbying to get the seat.
“This new role is an incredible opportunity to advocate for important projects that encourage economic development in the Chicago area,” said Quigley. “As the Appropriations Committee focuses on deficit reduction, creating American jobs and strengthening our economy, I am humbled to have the privilege of ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly.”
Since joining Congress, Quigley has been a member of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
Quigley was first elected to Congress in April, 2009 in a special election to replace then Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) who was stepping down to serve as chief of staff for President Barack Obama.