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Dennis Ross Continues Moving Up the Congressional Ladder

January 9, 2017 - 9:00am
Dennis Ross
Dennis Ross

Now starting his fourth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., continues to move up the congressional ladder. 

On Monday, Ross was tapped as vice chairman of the U.S Housing and Insurance (H&I) Subcommittee which is under the umbrella of the U.S.  House Financial Services Committee (FSC). Ross has been on both the committee and the subcommittee. 

Ross’ office noted the subcommittee “has primary jurisdiction over insurance generally including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), public and private housing, urban development, the Rural Housing Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Government Sponsored Enterprises, the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Federal Housing Administration."

"I am honored to be appointed vice chair of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee so I can continue my efforts to promote a thriving housing and insurance market for Floridians and all Americans," said Ross. "This subcommittee will consider legislation and provide vital oversight of federal agencies that impact Florida families on a daily basis. I am excited to get to work."

Ross noted that his perch on the H&I Subcommittee has allowed him to lead the charge in bringing in more private sector solutions to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Development and working on flood insurance issues. 

Certainly, insurance is not a new topic for Ross who led the Insurance Committee when he served in the Florida House of Representatives. Back in 2007, Ross was one of two legislators in Tallahassee who voted against Citizens Property Insurance, insisting that the state government shouldn’t be competing with private insurers. Ross was stripped of his committee chairmanship for his voters against Citizens Property Insurance. 

Besides his new vice chairmanship, Ross is part of the House leadership as senior deputy majority whip. Ross looked to move up to House majority whip but he ended his efforts when, outside of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., taking over as speaker, the House leadership stayed in place.

 


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