Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced subcommittee leadership assignments on Friday. Smith took the gavel this month when Republicans assumed control of the House.
“The House Judiciary Committee will focus on efforts to strengthen national security, protect intellectual property, prevent frivolous lawsuits and keep children safe from Internet sex predators. All of this work begins in the subcommittees. Our new chairmen will promote policies that create jobs and keep America’s neighborhoods safe from crime,” he said in a statement.
The list of assignments:
Subcommittee on the Constitution:
Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
Vice-Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law:
Chairman Howard Coble (R-N.C.)
Vice-Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security:
Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)
Vice-Chairman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement:
Chairman Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.)
Vice-Chairman Steve King (R-Iowa)
Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet:
Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
Vice-Chairman Howard Coble (R-N.C.)
Smith established the subcommittee on intellectual property and has emphasized its importance. Read more about the top priorities of this subcommittee in our report.