Washington, D.C. -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Leader John Boehner today announced joint appointments to the board of the new Office of Congressional Ethics. With these appointments, for the first time in the history of the House, private citizens will be entrusted with an active role in the ethics enforcement process.
The Office of Congressional Ethics is intended to supplement the work of the Ethics Committee and congressional leaders expect the two bodies to work together effectively.
“The new Office of Congressional Ethics is essential to an effective ethics process in the House,” said Speaker Pelosi. “This bipartisan board of outside experts who will be charged with reviewing allegations of misconduct and making recommendations to the House Ethics Committee. With the creation of the Office of Congressional Ethics, we bring a new element of transparency and accountability to the ethics process.”
“I am pleased that this distinguished group of individuals has agreed to serve,” said Leader Boehner. “The American people have every right to expect the highest ethical standards in the people’s House – and these widely respected men and women should be applauded for the considerable personal sacrifices they are making to help achieve that important goal.”
The board members of the Office of Congressional Ethics are equally divided among Democrats and Republicans, with each party having three members and one alternate. The eight members of the board are: