House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her caucus Tuesday she would name the first Muslim to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the first notable milestone for Muslims in Congress since 2006.
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Pelosi said she would name Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind., to the House Intelligence Committee for the 114th Congress, Politico reported. Aides did not confirm the announcement to the publication, but it will be formally announced in the “coming days” after the rest of the committee’s membership is confirmed.
The onetime Indianapolis City-County Councilman is also a former law-enforcement officer and worked for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in the anti-terrorism unit. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Transportation Committee.
Carson has been in Congress since 2008, having won a special election to replace his grandmother, former Rep. Julia Carson, who died the year before. He is the second Muslim to be elected to Congress. The first was Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., who was elected in 2006.
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Pelosi’s announcement to the Democratic House caucus Tuesday comes less than a week after radical Islamic terrorists attacked the satirical news outlet Charlie Hebdo, killing 17 people.
Roll Call pointed out that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will be the new ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, replacing Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger, D-Md. The Chairman of the Intelligence Panel will be Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, also of California. Nunes replaces former Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., who has embarked on a talk radio career.