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Congressman Dan Donovan

Representing the 11th District of New York


Donovan Named Chairman of House Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee

February 16, 2016
Press Release
Position gives Donovan leadership role in homeland security, disaster response policy

Washington, DC—February 16, 2016....House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) today appointed Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) chair of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications. The leadership position grants Donovan jurisdiction over terrorism prevention and disaster response, issues critical to Staten Island, South Brooklyn, and New York City.

Congressman Donovan said, “I’m humbled by Chairman McCaul’s confidence in me. Staten Island and South Brooklyn have seen first-hand our government’s triumphs and failures in disaster prevention and response. Now, you’ll have a hometown voice leading the subcommittee responsible for the work that’s so important to our community.”

Chairman McCaul said, “I am pleased to announce Dan as the new Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee Chairman. Dan has shown great leadership on the Homeland Security Committee since being elected to Congress less than a year ago. He will continue to draw on his experience as a former District Attorney by conducting rigorous oversight of DHS and focusing on the posing threats our nation faces. I am confident Dan will continue to serve the Committee with distinction as he begins his new role.”

In the past several months, the subcommittee Donovan will chair has probed the Department of Homeland Security’s capacity to detect biological weapons and FEMA’s capability to respond to large-scale disasters like Hurricane Sandy. Donovan intends to continue that valuable work in focusing on three areas: the preparedness of American cities against terrorist attacks; work to defend coastal regions like New York against the next major storm; and the capacity of federal agencies to respond to major disasters and attacks.

Donovan will replace current subcommittee Chairwoman Martha McSally, who will replace retiring Congresswoman Candice Miller as chair of the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security.

Donovan concluded, “In the past 15 years, our city has endured unimaginable tragedy at the hands of radical Islamic terrorists and mother nature. Future disasters will come, and when they do our government must be prepared.”