December 14, 2012
Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, announced on Thursday, Dec. 13, he was appointed to the House of Representatives' Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Tonko representatives said it is one of the oldest and "most prestigious" committees in the House, which addresses national energy policy, public and mental health policy and regulation of interstate and foreign commerce. The committee was created in December 1795 and is the oldest standing committee. He will be one of two New York members serving on the committee for the 113th Congress.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to have been selected to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Tonko said. “This new role enables me to leverage my strengths and expertise with the needs of the Capital Region and the State of New York. I look forward to taking on this new challenge and am committed to promoting policies that will create jobs, grow our energy independence and improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. By working together, we can foster economic growth and unleash the incredible potential of America’s clean energy innovators and entrepreneurs.”
Tonko previously served as president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Before leading NYSERDA, he was a state assemblyman for 25 years, with 15 years serving as the chairman of the assembly's Energy Committee.