Rep. Mike Levin at a Congressional hearing on Wednesday. Image from video

Rep. Mike Levin, who was an environmental attorney before his election to Congress, was selected Thursday to serve on the new House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the members of the new committee, saying it will “spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis.”

Levin is one of three first-term members of Congress named to the committee.

“Climate change is deadly serious, it is already having a detrimental effect on our planet, and we must enact bold policies that fundamentally change course to a sustainable energy future,” said Levin. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on measures that will treat the climate crisis with the level of urgency it deserves.”

Levin also serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. He was elected to Congress last November, succeeding Darrell Issa in the 49th District, which encompasses north coastal San Diego and south Orange counties.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.