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In this Aug. 30, 2018 photo, Congressman John Katko listens to Auburn Mayor Michael Quill during a panel discussion at his town hall meeting at CCC.

U.S. Rep. John Katko kept his seats on two House committees and has a new assignment that will allow him to help oversee the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity efforts. 

Katko, R-Camillus, has been named ranking member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation. The subcommittee is tasked with overseeing the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity initiatives and addresses the need to bolster infrastructure to prevent cyber attacks. 

The subcommittee assignment is a new role for Katko, who is now part of the minority caucus in the House. When Republicans held the majority, he chaired the Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security. That panel, which is now the Transportation and Maritime Security subcommittee, provided oversight of the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Secret Service. 

In a statement, Katko said he's eager to serve as ranking member of the cybersecurity subcommittee. 

"As our nation becomes more and more dependent on technology, we must also remain vigilant to address and improve our cyber protections," he said. "I'm looking forward to pursuing bipartisan policies that strengthen our nation's cybersecurity infrastructure and improve private-public partnerships." 

Katko is one of six subcommittee ranking members selected by the House Homeland Security Committee's ranking member, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers. Katko and Rogers, R-Alabama, ran to serve as the committee's top Republican. Rogers, who has seniority over Katko, won the seat. 

Along with Katko, Rogers tapped another New York Republican, U.S. Rep. Peter King, as ranking member of a subcommittee. King will be the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery. 

"These men and women will be the tip of the spear when it comes to advancing conservative solutions to better secure our homeland and protect Americans from a variety of dynamic threats," Rogers said. 

Katko has served on the House Homeland Security Committee since joining Congress in 2015. He retained his seat on the committee and will keep his membership on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. 

The top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, announced the GOP members for the 116th Congress last week. Katko is the only New York Republican who will serve on the committee. 

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