House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has nominated Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., an election security advocate, to head the House Administration Committee, setting the stage for Lofgren to oversee legislative branch agencies and their activities.
As head of the committee, Lofgren would likely have influence over election security measures. Speaker Pelosi in November announced her intentions to restore the House Administration Elections Subcommittee.
“With the gavel, Congresswoman Lofgren will bring her vast experience and deep knowledge of the House to strengthen Congress and our democracy while safeguarding federal elections and ensuring a vibrant and diverse Congressional workforce,” said Pelosi in a statement.
Lofgren previously worked on the Election Security Task Force, which released a report finding that Russia engaged in a campaign to interfere in American elections. The report also called for Federal funding to states to help them secure IT systems, databases, and provide cybersecurity training.
Lofgren also cosponsored the Election Security Act in 2018, which has many provisions that have resurfaced in H.R. 1, proposed by the Democrats on Friday. This year’s bill offers $120 million in funding for enhanced cybersecurity and election security procedures during years without regular Federal elections.
Lofgren’s nomination will go before the Democratic Caucus for approval.