Saturday, February 03, 2001

Bunning, Lucas get assignments

By Patrick Crowley
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Members of Congress from Northern Kentucky have landed assignments on committees involved in the oversight of the nation's economy and financial industries.

        Sen. Jim Bunning, a Republican from Southgate, has been named chairman of the Senate Banking Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Policy.

        Rep. Ken Lucas, a Boone County Democrat, has been assigned to the House Financial Services Committee.

        The Senate subcommittee oversees such areas as economic growth, employment and price stability, monetary policy, credit policies and flood and disaster insurance.

        Mr. Bunning has been a member of that subcommittee the last two years.

        Mr. Bunning is a former stockbroker with a degree in economics from Xavier University.

        He said he also will continue serving on the subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Securities, which oversees banking, insurance, securities and consumer protection.

        Mr. Lucas' membership on the House Financial Services Committee gives him similar tasks. He said his priorities will be “to strengthen laws that protect the privacy of an individual's personal information and financial records, the integrity of our financial markets and the soundness of our financial systems.”

        Mr. Lucas has worked for more than 30 years in the banking, securities, insurance and financial planning industries.


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