On January 15, 2019, the Democratic Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to elect Congresswoman Eshoo as the first woman ever to serve as Chair of the Health Subcommittee.
Congresswoman Eshoo was first elected to Congress in 1992 on a platform of health care priorities following a decade of service on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. As President of the Board, she crafted the Health Plan of San Mateo County, the second county organized health system created in the State of California and one of the oldest in the nation.
Congresswoman Eshoo joined the Energy and Commerce Committee in her second term in 1995, and has served on the Health Subcommittee for 14 of her 24 years on E&C. Of the 41 bills she has authored that have been signed into law by four presidents, more than half have been health related. Congresswoman Eshoo’s bipartisan accomplishments demonstrate her ability to achieve results and reflect a clear vision for America’s future across women’s health; health insurance reforms; pancreatic cancer; pediatric health; medical device reform and public health security.
Previously, Congresswoman Eshoo served as the Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for six years. She authored legislation to establish standards for digital signatures, worked to expand broadband deployment, and ensured that life-saving, location-based E9-1-1 services are deployed by wireless companies. Throughout her career representing the heart of Silicon Valley, Congresswoman Eshoo has always been a leader on technology and telecommunications issues. She was elected to her role as the Ranking Member on January 19, 2011 and is the first woman in the history of the Subcommittee to serve in a leadership role.
The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest continuous standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It was originally established in 1795 to regulate interstate and foreign commerce. Today, the Committee has the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in Congress.
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