WASHINGTON -- Representative William R. Keating scored a minority leadership post on a homeland security subcommittee, a position he plans to use to further investigate airport security breeches that allowed a North Carolina teen to stow away on a passenger jet before falling to his death last year in Massachusetts.
Keating's office announced today that the freshman Democrat has been appointed ranking member of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, part of the House Homeland Security Committee.
"I relish the opportunity to delve deeper into the many issues plaguing our national security and believe this position is a natural transition from my background as a prosecutor," Keating said in a statement.
Keating served as Norfolk District Attorney before winning a seat in Congress last November. It was in that position that he oversaw the death investigation of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale, who fell from the wheel well of a Boeing 737 that was traveling from Charlotte, N.C., to Boston last Nov. 19.
"I know his experience as a District Attorney will be invaluable in his new capacity and I look forward to working with him on the issues that affect the Department of Homeland Security,” said Representative Bennie G. Thompson, ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee, according to the statement from Keating's office.
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