Chairman Thompson Announces Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Leadership for 116th Congress

Feb 1, 2019
Press Release
Includes new slate of Vice Chairs and Whips

Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that the Task Force will have two new Vice Chairs and four new Whips for the 116th Congress. Thompson also released the full membership of the Task Force for the current Congress, including new members.

“After last year’s historic election and with our new majority ready to hold hearings and cast votes, I am honored to announce the leadership for the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in this 116th Congress. These members hail from across our country, bring a diverse skillset and have already shown dedication and conviction on this issue. They have what it takes to combat gun violence,” said Chairman Thompson. “Together, I know we can take the action the American people have been demanding.”

New Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Vice Chairs are Representative Jason Crow (CO-06) and Representative Lucy McBath (GA-06).

"I have long said our leaders need to lead from the front. As a country, we can no longer afford to allow the gun manufacturers and special interests to dictate our policy on gun violence prevention. My community knows the horror of gun violence all too well and it is my goal that we never see what happened in Aurora, what happened in Columbine occur ever again.” said Vice Chair Crow. “As Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I look forward to advocating for the thousands of families nationwide who have been impacted by gun violence and pushing Congress to take long-awaited action."

“The pain of losing a child to gun violence never ends. That pain drives me to fight for common-sense gun reform every single day. Thank you to Congressman Thompson for his leadership, and for the opportunity to serve as a Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, where I will continue to work to keep families like mine from experiencing the horror and heartbreak brought on by gun violence,” said Vice Chair McBath. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Task Force to ensure the safety of our communities. Our nation deserves common-sense solutions for every student who has ever been afraid to go to school, for the parents who have ever worried if their child would come home, and for all who know that our country can do better.”

New Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chief Whip is Representative Ted Deutch (FL-22) and Deputy Whips include Representative Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Representative Jahana Hayes (CT-05) and Representative Marc A. Veasey (TX-33).

“Last November, the American people sent to Washington a historic gun safety majority in the House of Representatives,” said Chief Whip Deutch. “With this mandate, we will pursue sensible and effective policies to reduce gun violence plaguing every part of our nation. We have a responsibility to pass laws that will make all Americans safer from gun violence, whether they’re our children in schools or our law enforcement officers patrolling the streets. Through this Task Force we will work to guarantee gun violence prevention remains a top priority for Congress.”

“It’s unconscionable that so many of our fellow Americans are killed and wounded by gunfire every year – especially when we have the tools to stop this violence,” said Deputy Whip Madeleine Dean. “We can save lives right now by requiring universal background checks and other commonsense gun safety measures.”

“Thank you to everyone for their consideration in selecting me to serve as Whip for the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force,” said Deputy Whip Hayes. “I am committed to working with my colleagues on common sense gun reform legislation that will keep our communities safer and protect the rights of responsible gun owners. It has been a generation since Congress passed any major legislation to address this growing concern and we owe it to our children to no longer remain silent on this issue.”

“I look forward to working with Chairman Thompson as a Whip for the Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce,” said Deputy Whip Veasey. “It’s critical that we work across the aisle to pass common sense firearm safety in the 116th Congress to end the cycle of violence from mass shootings that are haunting this country.”

Returning Vice Chairs include Representatives David Cicilline (RI-01), Val Demings (FL-10), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Ed Perlmutter (CO-07), David Price (NC-04), Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Bobby Scott (VA-03), José E. Serrano (NY-15) and Jackie Speier (CA-14).

Full membership of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force for the 116th Congress includes Representatives Alma S. Adams (NC-12), Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Nanette Diaz Barragan (CA-44), Ami Bera (CA-07), Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (VA-08), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), Brendan F. Boyle ((PA-13), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Julia Brownley (CA-26), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Tony Cardenas (CA-29), André Carson (IN-07), Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Kathy Castor (FL-14), Judy Chu (CA-27), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Katherine M. Clark (MA-05), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Gerald Connolly (VA-11), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), Joe Courtney (CT-02), Angie Craig (MN-02), Jason Crow (CO-06), Elijah Cummings (MD-07), Danny Davis (IL-07), Susan Davis (CA-53), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Michael F. Doyle (PA-14), Elliot Engel (NY-16), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Dwight Evans (PA-02), Bill Foster (IL-11), Lois Frankel (FL-22), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Chuy Garcia (IL-4), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07), Al Green (TX-09), Raul Grijalva (AZ-03), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Denny Heck (WA-10), Brian Higgins (NY-04), Katie Hill (CA-25), Jim Himes (CT-04), Steven Horsford (NV-04), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA-04), William Keating (MA-09), Joseph P. Kennedy III (MA-09), Daniel Kildee (MI-05), Andy Kim (NJ-03), Raja Krishnamoorthi  (IL-08), James Langevin (RI-02), John Larson (CT-01), Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Susie Lee (NV-03), Andy Levin (MI-09), Mike Levin (CA-49), John Lewis (GA-05), Al Lawson, Jr. (FL-05), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Elaine Luria (VA-02), Stephen Lynch (MA-08), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Doris Matsui (CA-06), Lucia McBath (GA-06), Betty McCollum (MN-04), A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), James McGovern (MA-02), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Gregory Meeks (NY-05), Grace Meng (NY-06), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Joe Morelle (NY-25), Seth Moulton (MA-06), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Joe Neguse (CO-02), Donald Norcross (NJ-01), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-DEL), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Bill Pascrell (NJ-09), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Scott Peters (CA-52), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Katie Porter (CA-45), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Cedric Richmond (LA-02), Max Rose (NY-11), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), Bobby Rush (IL-01), Linda Sánchez (CA-38), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-07), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Adam Schiff (CA-28), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Kim Schrier (WA-08), David Scott (GA-13), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Albio Sires (NJ-08), Adam Smith (WA-09), Darren Soto (FL-09), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Greg Stanton (AZ-09), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Thomas R. Suozzi (NY-03), Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Mark Takano (CA-14), Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Dina Titus (NV-01), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Norma J. Torres (CA-35), Lori Trahan (MA-03), David Trone (MD-06), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Juan Vargas (CA-51), Nydia Velazquez (NY-07), Peter J. Visclosky (IN-09), Debbie Wasserman Shultz (FL-23), Maxine Waters (CA-43), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Frederica Wilson (FL-24) and John Yarmuth (KY-03).


The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was established after the tragedy at Sandy Hook and has grown to a membership of more than 165.