Courtney gets seat on House ethics committee

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, got a new committee assignment, but it’s not exactly the most coveted slot in Congress: the House Ethics Committee.

The panel investigates alleged ethical lapses complaints against other lawmakers, often a pretty uncomfortable, contentious role. But Courtney said he’s looking forward to his new duties.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility, which entails establishing and enforcing the official standards of conduct for the House of Representatives, and ensuring that every Member is held accountable to the rules of the House,” Courtney said in a statement Saturday.

The Democrat already sits on two other panels-the Armed Services and Agriculture committees.