WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Republican Steering Committee this week selected Congresswoman Julia Letlow (LA-05) to fill an open seat on the powerful House Committee on Appropriations.
The first-term Congresswoman represents portions of Tangipahoa, St. Helena, and Washington Parishes in her far-flung District 5 seat.
“Serving on the Appropriations Committee is an incredible honor, and I’m very appreciative of the trust that our Republican leadership and the Steering Committee have placed in me,” Letlow said. “Holding this seat is an opportunity to ensure that our region and state can receive the resources that are desperately needed for our critical priorities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to be a responsible steward of your taxpayer dollars and continue to bring home results for the Fifth District.”
The committee determines all discretionary spending and has broad oversight over almost all expenditures made by the federal government.
“As a former teacher, I am proud to welcome another educator, Congresswoman Julia Letlow, to the committee,” said Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Kay Granger (TX-12). “In her first term, Julia has shown that she is smart, a hard worker, and a strong advocate for education and agriculture. Her work ethic and academic experience will be valuable to the committee. Julia joins a strong team that continues to fight for the American people and conservative principles, and I look forward to working with her as we finish the 117th Congress.”
Letlow will serve on the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies and the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
Letlow is the first Louisianan to serve on the House Appropriations Committee since former Congressman Rodney Alexander (LA-05) left office in 2013.
Under House Rules, Letlow’s selection to the Appropriations Committee means that she will no longer serve on the House Committee on Agriculture or the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Letlow will be back in her home district early next month, speaking to the Amite Chamber of Commerce in a sold-out program planned at the Florida Parishes Arena.