Jacobs announces his appointment to Education and Labor Committee

Posted 2 March 2022 at 1:35 pm

Press Release, Congressman Chris Jacobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) was appointed to the House Education and Labor Committee.

“American students and businesses face unprecedented challenges in today’s world, and I am honored to join a committee focused on finding solutions to these challenges,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs joins the House Education and Labor Committee after Rep. Greg Murphy (NC-03) was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee in January. Jacobs has long been an advocate for education – his first elected office was a seat on the Buffalo School Board. Additionally, Jacobs started a private voucher program to help students in Western New York attend private or religious schools if their parents chose to send them.

“Giving our students access the highest quality education has long been a priority of mine. Additionally, Western New York, and many other regions in our nation, face a growing shortage of labor in advanced manufacturing and skilled trades. I will be using my position to advocate for policies that put our students first and support strong workforce development initiatives to address our nation’s skilled labor shortage,” Jacobs said. “Finally, together with my work on the House Agriculture Committee I will work to ensure rural students and economies thrive.”

Jacobs has been a frequent advocate for education policy that puts students and parents first. He cosponsored the Parents Bill of Rights to codify parents’ rights in their children’s education. Recently Jacobs cosponsored the Unmask our Kids Act and introduced the Kids in Classes Act to promote school choice and in-person learning. He also introduced the School Resource Officer Act to provide additional resources to law enforcement officers protecting schools. This fall, Jacobs received the Adult Education Champion Award presented by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education for his work to support adult education in Western New York. Finally, Jacobs and Republican Leader Foxx successfully led the charge to have the CDC update COVID guidance to allow for Test-to-Stay options for students.

“As a small business owner and former school board member, Congressman Chris Jacobs is uniquely qualified to sit on the Education and Labor Committee. We welcome Rep. Jacobs’ insights on building a thriving workforce and making K-12 and postsecondary education as effective as possible. I look forward to working with Rep. Jacobs; I know this Committee will benefit from his leadership, experience, and wisdom,” Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said.