U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher accepts state department post

Special election will be held for her 10th District seat

U.S. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D., Alamo) today accepted an offer from the Obama administration to serve in a key post at the U.S. State Department.

Accepting the position of Undersecretary of Arms Control and International Security means Tauscher will vacate her seat as the representative of California's 10th Congressional District.

In a statement released this afternoon, Tauscher said the decision was not an easy one.

"For the past 13 years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving you in Congress," Tauscher said. "Representing California's 10th Congressional District has always been and remains - especially in these trying times - my first priority."

"Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked me to serve as Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security," she continued.

"While her offer is both generous and flattering, I did not take the decision lightly," she said. "I accepted it after much soul-searching and long discussions with my family and friends."

If confirmed, Tauscher will act as a senior adviser to the president and secretary of state on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament.

Tauscher noted that the confirmation process is "fraught with uncertainty and can take weeks, if not months."

"My staff and I will continue to work on the issues and challenges facing the 10th District and our nation, including growing the economy, making health care more affordable, developing a green energy policy, repairing our infrastructure, easing congestion and improving the quality of life for families with the same level of energy and commitment as when I was first elected in 1996," Tauscher said.

Tauscher's district includes parts of Contra Costa County, including Alamo, as well as parts of Alameda, Solano and Sacramento counties.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 18, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Dear Ms. Tauscher,

Thank you for your willingness to serve our nation, to serve our federal district, and to serve your neighbors in your hometown of Alamo. Your exceptional focus and scope of understanding will be missed in our community of neighborhoods, but let's just smile once more as we pass on the Iron Horse Trail with, "Good morning, Ms. Tauscher!"

Thank you, Thank you,

Harald A. Bailey
Neighbor, along the Iron Horse Trail

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