Freshman U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., was named to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made the announcement after the House Republican Steering Committee’s recommendation of adding Rutherford to the committee cleared the Republican Conference.
Goodlatte noted the First Coast Republican’s background in law enforcement before being elected to Congress last year. A career law enforcement officer, Rutherford served three terms as sheriff of Duval County.
“I am pleased to welcome John Rutherford to the House Judiciary Committee,” Goodlatte said. “As a former law enforcement officer and sheriff of Duval County, Florida, Congressman Rutherford brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the committee. His expertise on our criminal justice system makes him particularly well suited to serve on the Judiciary Committee. I look forward to working with John to advance our pro-growth agenda, focused on growing the American economy and ensuring that our laws are efficient, fair, and enforced.”
“I am excited to have been appointed to the House Judiciary Committee,” Rutherford said. “As a former Sheriff, I have committed my life to strengthening the justice system in Northeast Florida, and I am grateful for this opportunity to support the rule of law across our nation. I look forward to working with Chairman Goodlatte and thank him for appointing me to a strong committee focused on upholding the Constitution.”
During his brief tenure in Congress, Rutherford has focused on national security issues. Besides his new assignment, he also sits on the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Towards the end of February, Rutherford was named to the Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Tex., the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Rutherford joins three members of the Florida delegation-- Republican U.S. Reps. Ron DeSantis and Matt Gaetz and Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch--on the Judiciary Committee.