WASHINGTON, D.C. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), a 14-year member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Santa Clarita (25th District) Calif., is the newly elected chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
He is over five subcommittees that touch the lives of all U.S. citizens, from expanding college access for low and middle-income students to improving child nutrition; from job training to labor issues.
His life will take on even more challenging duties in overseeing 560 bills that have been referred to his committee, encompassing wide-ranging issues such as the establishment of digital and wireless network of technological programs, the importance of recognizing Western Civilization; supporting goals and ideas of National Child Care Worthy Wage Day, raising the awareness of eating disorders, as well as longshoremen's compensation and home-heating exemptions.
His newest focus is on global awareness of 21st Century Competitiveness, the sub-committee that Rep. McKeon previously chaired. In what he describes as "the new realities," he invited the dean of Engineering from MIT to appear before his committee, in which the dean stated that the need for qualified students in math, science and engineering to meet the challenges of the 21st century is crucial to America's growth and survival.
"Brother Buck," as he is called among Church friends, attended BYU and served a mission in south Texas. He and his wife, Patricia, have six children and 26 grandchildren. He previously was mayor of Santa Clarita, where they still make their home. He served in various volunteer organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Little League, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Rep. McKeon has been recognized by The Watchdogs of the Treasury, the National Taxpayers Union and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in cutting taxes.
The first Committee on Education and Labor, from which the current committee was launched, was established in the aftermath of the Civil War in 1867.