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113th CONGRESS BRINGS CHANGES TO CONGRESSIONAL FIRE SERVICES CAUCUS

Congressman Dave Reichert, representing the 8th congressional district of Washington, was selected the Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus for the 113th Congress. Elected to the House in 2004, Congressman Reichert is a former sheriff of King County, Washington.  He received numerous awards for his achievements in law enforcement and since his election to Congress, Reichert has broadened his efforts to include all of public safety, including the fire and emergency services.  In recognition for his work on behalf of the fire service, he was selected to serve as a co-chairman of the Fire Caucus in 2008. 

On the other side of the Capitol, Senator Jon Tester of Montana was named Co-Chairman of the Fire Caucus, assuming the position previously held by former Senator Joe Lieberman.   First elected to the Senate in 2006, Tester is a former teacher and state legislator.  He currently serves on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Appropriations, Veterans Affairs, Banking, and Indian Affairs Committees.

In a recent article appearing in USAToday, it is reported that 39% of all House members have served for three years or less and that 43% of all Senators entered office after 2008.  This explains why membership in the Congressional Fire Services Caucus has declined significantly in recent years.  The Fire Caucus was established in 1987 to provide a forum for members of Congress to understand the role of the fire service in protecting our homelands and to work together in the spirit of bipartisanship to address fire service issues. 

Please visit our website (http://www.cfsi.org/Congress_Legislation/caucus.cfm) to see if your member serves on the Fire Caucus.  If he/she is a newly-elected member, consider sending him/her a letter encouraging them to join.  Our website contains a draft letter you can use for writing your member.  You can help us fulfill our mission by encouraging your members to join the Fire Caucus and working with them so they understand why the fire and emergency services needs continued federal support.