"I'm anxious to delve into some of the committee's issues, including the development of a new national energy policy that focuses on the use and production of renewable energy and addressing the need for affordable and accessible healthcare for all Americans," McNerney said.
As a member of the committee, McNerney will be able to use his 20-plus years of professional experience with wind and other forms of sustainable energy. U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D., CA) will head the committee, and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R., TX) will serve as the ranking Republican member on the committee.
Energy and Commerce is the House's oldest standing committee and considered one of the most important. Throughout its history, it has produced many pieces of landmark legislation.