U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-District 7), a first-term lawmaker from Delaware County, has been appointed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council oversees the 18-year-old U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
The council is made up of 55 individuals appointed by the president, five members of the Senate, five members of the House of Representatives, and three ex-officio members from the Departments of State, Education and Interior.
The other House members are: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), U.S. Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.) and U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.).
In a statement, Meehan said that he was proud to be part of the endeavor: "The Holocaust memorial museum is a remarkable tribute that honors the memory of the lives lost and the suffering endured during the Holocaust."
The former federal prosecutor visited Israel for the first time in early 2010. He won the seat formerly held by Democrat Joe Sestak as part of the Republican landslide of the midterm Congressional elections.