U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I. , has been appointed to the prestigious House Judiciary Committee by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California. Cicilline, a lawyer and graduate of Georgetown Law School, is a former Providence mayor and RI state representative.
The Judiciary Committee in the House has a broad portfolio and includes such issues as immigration law, gun safety, criminal law, copyright law and civil rights legislation. But the House panel is not as powerful as the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the federal judiciary, including U.S. Supreme Court appointments. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., sits on that committee.
While Judiciary is an important committee nationally, it does not have the power to bring federal money and programs back to Rhode Island in the same manner as does the House Appropriations Committee, of which Cicilline’s predecessor, Rep. Patrick Kennedy, was a member.
Cicilline also serves on the House Budget and Foreign Relations panels.