January 27, 2023

Congresswoman Bush Selected to Serve a Second Term on Powerful House Judiciary Committee

The Committee oversees DOJ and DHS, and handles key issues, including civil rights, immigration and public safety

Washington D.C. (Jan. 27, 2023) — Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) was selected to serve on the House Judiciary Committee in the 118th Congress. The House Judiciary Committee is the second oldest standing committee in Congress; its jurisdiction includes constitutional rights and civil liberties, oversight of the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, legal and regulatory reform, innovation, competition and antitrust laws, terrorism and crime, and immigration reform. The Committee also has jurisdiction over all proposed constitutional amendments. This will be Congresswoman Bush’s second term on the House Judiciary Committee.

“It’s a great honor to once again serve on the House Judiciary Committee this Congress. This committee has historically been at the forefront of our nation’s most pressing issues, including civil rights, public safety, and immigration. Unfortunately, Republicans, under the leadership of Chairman Jim Jordan, have made it clear that they intend to use this committee to help advance their dangerous, anti-progress, anti-Black and brown agenda. They have signaled their plan to wage an all-out attack on migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. They have shown their intentions to roll back our civil rights and civil liberties by advancing proposals to enact a nationwide ban on abortion care and further undermining voting rights. They continue to conduct baseless investigations rooted in right-wing conspiracy theories to protect corrupt politicians, embolden white supremacists, and distract from their ongoing efforts to deny justice to regular, everyday people. 

“The heart of our Judiciary work should be focused on ensuring equal justice under the law, affirming constitutional and civil rights, preventing cycles of gun violence, abuse, and trauma, and ending our criminal legal system’s disparate treatment of Black and brown communities. But Republicans have made clear that they will use their power to protect themselves at the expense of protecting our democracy. Nevertheless, I will continue working to ensure that the needs and priorities of St. Louis and marginalized communities across our country remain uplifted and undeterred despite the Republican obstructionists currently helming this all-important committee.”

In the 118th Congress, Jim Jordan (OH-04) will serve as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Jerry Nadler (NY-12) will serve as Ranking Member. Additional members on the House Judiciary Committee includes Democratic Representatives Zoe Lofgren (CA-18), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Hank Johnson (GA-04), Adam Schiff (CA-30), David Cicilline (RI-01), Eric Swalwell (CA-14), Ted Lieu (CA-36), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Lou Correa (CA-46), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), Joe Neguse (CO-02), Lucy McBath (GA-07), Madeline Dean (PA-04), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Deborah Ross (NC-02), and Glen Ivey (MD-04), and Republican Representatives Darrell Issa (CA-50), Ken Buck (CO-04), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Mike Johnson (LA-04), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Thomas P. Tiffany (WI-07), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Chip Roy (TX-21), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Victoria Spartz (IN-05), Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05), Cliff Bentz (OR-02), Ben Cline (VA-06), Lance Gooden (TX-05), Jefferson Van Drew (NJ-02), Barry Moore (AL-02), Troy Nehls (TX-22), Russell Fry (SC-07), Harriet Hageman (WY), Wesley Hunt (TX-38), Kevin Kiley (CA-03), Laurel Lee (FL-15), and Nathaniel Moran (TX-01).

When serving on the House Judiciary Committee in the 117th Congress, Congresswoman Cori Bush used this appointment to highlight various issues affecting the people of St. Louis, including gun violence, public safety, and oversight of our federal criminal legal system.