WASHINGTON–Former Rep. Judy Biggert R-Ill. was tapped by House leaders to be an alternate board member of the Office of Congressional Ethics–not to be confused with the House Ethics Committee. The Office of Congressional Ethics is an independent agency with the power to probe allegation of misconduct of House members and staffers.
Biggert lost her seat following the 2012 election where she was beat by Rep. Bill Foster D-Ill.
Biggert is a former member of the House Ethics Committee. An alternate steps up when a full board member cannot serve.
below, release from Boehner, Pelosi….
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced two new appointments to the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Former Rep. Judy Biggert will replace former Rep. Bill Frenzel, and Belinda Pinckney will replace former Rep. Yvonne Braithwaite Burke.
“We welcome these new board members, and thank all of the board members and alternates for their service,” Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi said. ”The Office of Congressional Ethics continues to have an important role in the ethics enforcement process for the House of Representatives.”
The board members of the Office of Congressional Ethics are equally divided among Democrats and Republicans, with each party having three members and one alternate. The eight members of the board are now:
Former CIA Director and former Congressman Porter J. Goss, R-FL, Chairman
Former Congressman David Skaggs, D-CO, Co-Chairman
Brigadier General Belinda Pinckney, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Former House Chief Administrative Officer Jay Eagen
Former Congresswoman Karan English, D-AZ
Government Ethics Attorney and former chief of staff of the Federal Election Commission, Allison Hayward
Former Congressman Mike Barnes, D-MD, Alternate
Former Congresswoman Judy Biggert, R-IL, Alternate