Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), co-founder of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, proudly announced Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) as the group's new co-chair. She replaces Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), who recently won a special election to fill Massachusetts' open Senate seat.
Reps. Barton and DeGette have served together on the House Energy and Commerce Committee for several years and while they don't agree on every issue, they both share a passion for protecting American's right to privacy.
"I am excited to have my friend and colleague Representative Diana DeGette join me in my efforts to protect the privacy of all Americans," said Rep. Barton. "I have admired her work over the years, and I believe that she is a great addition. The Caucus is privileged to have her leadership, and I know that we will make a good team."
Rep. DeGette added, "I am pleased to join the privacy caucus and continue my advocacy efforts on behalf of American people. Representative Joe Barton's longstanding leadership on these issues is admirable, and I am so eager to work with him to shape policies that help protect citizen's privacy in these complex times."
The Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus is a leader in Congress on providing privacy protections for personal consumer information. Members of the caucus have investigated the data privacy and security practices of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, College Board, Groupon, the four major wireless carriers, and the Social Security Administration, among other entities.