Congressman Langevin’s Keynote Address

Congressman Jim Langevin, (D) Rhode Island, because he does not travel much, recorded his keynote on video.  Langevin is the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the age of 16, Langevin was injured while working with the Warwick Police Department in the Boy Scout Explorer program.  A gun accidentally discharged and a bullet struck Langevin, leaving him paralyzed.  The tremendous outpouring of support from his community inspired Langevin to give something back and enter public service. Congressman Jim Langevin Recognized as a national and party leader on homeland security, health care and stem cell research, Congressman Jim Langevin has dedicated his many years of public service at the federal and state levels to the hard-working citizens of Rhode Island. In 2003, Langevin was appointed to the House Committee on Homeland Security, and in January 2007 he was named Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology.  This subcommittee oversees the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office at the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, which is the agency’s primary research and development arm and is responsible for providing federal, state, and local officials with various forms of technology to protect the nation. In January 2007, Langevin took a leave of absence from the House Armed Services Committee, where to he had served since 2001, in order to join the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  He will serve on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence, and the Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.  Langevin strongly believes that good intelligence is the nation’s first line of defense against terrorism and other national security threats. His keynote was a hard-hitting message to the critical infrastructure industries: power, water, wastewater, chemical, petrochemical, and other industries. His message was: the government takes the issue of cyber security very seriously. He said that there was clear evidence that al Qaeda and other inimical organizations were in fact trying to attack our infrastructure. He said that Congress was sincere in its intention to make our infrastructure secure. He said that he would expect people to get their egos out of the way and cooperate. Control will be streaming Congressman Langevin's keynote address later in the week. Walt