Originally published: March 15, 2010
Last updated: March 15, 2010 - 1:53pm
For the last several years, Rep Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) has been vice-chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and chair of one of its key border security subcommittees. But recently, Rep Sanchez added a new gavel -- and new responsibility -- to her portfolio. She has assumed the chairmanship of another House subcommittee that focuses on cybersecurity, primarily at the Pentagon. The new panel that Sanchez chairs is part of the House Armed Services Committee, where Rep Sanchez, a seven term Democrat representing California's Orange County, is the highest ranking female member of the full panel. Recently, during the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, Chairman Sanchez delivered a keynote address in which she discussed her new subcommittee chairmanship. "It's the TUTC subcommittee, and that stands for "Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities". I always want to say cybersecurity, because cyber is also in there. It deals with all the really scary things that we do under the defense label, that none of you really want to talk about and I'm a little scared to learn about."
Rep. Sanchez delivered her talk just hours before she was to chair her first hearing of the subcommittee on Capitol Hill.
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