Congressman Sherman Named to House Judiciary Committee
The House Steering and Policy Committee on Thursday appointed Congressman Brad Sherman to a seat on the House Judiciary Committee.
"The Judiciary Committee is an important forum for issues critically important to the motion picture, television and music industries, which are leading players in the San Fernando Valley economy," Sherman said.
The panel has jurisdiction over enforcement of copyright, trademark, patent and other laws that protect the intellectual property rights of studio actors, writers, directors, producers, musicians and others in the entertainment industry.
The Judiciary Committee also has jurisdiction over presidential succession, including legislation Sherman has championed to clarify who takes over in the event the president and the vice president are incapacitated. "The existing law may sow seeds of confusion that could leave the country more vulnerable during an era of mounting terrorist threats to our government."
One of the oldest standing committees in Congress, the Judiciary Committee was created in 1813 to consider legislation related to judicial proceedings.
Today, the committee oversees the Justice Department. It also is charged with issues affecting civil liberties, federal law enforcement agencies, prisons, constitutional amendments, antitrust, and impeachments. The Committee's weighty agenda has frequently placed it in a central role in American government.
Sherman will continue to serve on the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he will chair the subcommittee on terrorism and nonproliferation, and on the Financial Services Committee.