WASHINGTON — Freshman Rep. Keith Rothfus has been appointed to the House Financial Services Committee.

The Pennsylvania Republican previously worked as a private sector attorney and served as the first director of the Department of Homeland Security's center for faith-based and community initiative. He will replace Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio. Renacci moved over to the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this year to fill the seat of former Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., who was elected to the Senate.

"With Keith's 20 years of private sector experience and common-sense approach, I am confident that he will provide a valuable perspective as the only member of the Financial Services Committee from Western Pennsylvania," said Rep Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, the committee's chairman, in a press release. "I look forward to working with Keith to cut the sheer weight, volume, complexity, and uncertainty of the federal red tape burden that makes capital more expensive and less available."

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