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McKeon aims for 2012 re-election

Posted: June 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, speaks at a Signal Editorial Board Meeting in Valencia in 2010.

On the heels of a newly drawn constituency map proposed by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, has announced his plans to run for re-election next year.

On Thursday, McKeon made his race for his seat in 2012 official:

“With the release of the first draft maps by the California Redistricting Commission, I am announcing my intention to seek re-election to Congress from the community where my wife, Patricia, and I raised our family and have called home for over 40 years.”

“While this may be a new congressional district, it is one I am extremely familiar with, having represented over three-quarters of the area for the past 18-plus years in Congress,” he said.

“It is my hope, however, that the redistricting commission will make more of an effort to respect city and county lines,” he added.

“With the release of the second draft lines, I encourage the commission to consider restoring all of the city of Santa Clarita in this new congressional district while keeping the entire district within the County of Los Angeles.”

The commission — a panel of citizens charged with drawing lines for state and congressional districts so they reflect 2010 census figures — cut Newhall and a sliver of Valencia out in the first round of its proposed redistricting maps.

On Thursday, McKeon also unveiled the Workforce Investment Improvement Act, H.R. 2295, a bill he hopes will strengthen job-training opportunities for workers and job-seekers.

This legislation, according to the congressman, would renew workforce development programs under the Workforce Investment Act, a law that has not been reauthorized by Congress since 1998.

“The Workforce Investment Improvement Act is fundamental to aiding in job creation and retention as it addresses the needs of the employer and the employee by seeking to adequately prepare job-seekers with the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing job market,” McKeon said.


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