HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE
Welcome! Our names are Wesley De Silvestro and Jack Swisher, and we are excited to be your staffers for the House Energy and Commerce committee. First, here’s a bit about us:
Jack is a sophomore in Kirkland House concentrating in Computer Science and Statistics with a citation in Spanish. He’s from the Portola Valley, California which is just 30 minutes from San Francisco! He has no idea what he wants to do after graduation, but hopes to return to the Bay and to create his own startup, hopefully with some connection to sports. When he is not doing HMC, you can find him on the soccer field or on the basketball court. HMCSF will be his first time staffing an HMC conference and he is excited to learn alongside you!
Wes is a sophomore in Winthrop House concentrating in Government and Statistics. He’s originally from Lakeland, Florida, but feels remarkably at home in New England. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in public service, government, or law. When he’s not doing something HMC-related, you can find him serving as a teaching fellow for CS50 or attending events in Harvard’s Institute of Politics. HMCSF 2019 will be his fourth time staffing an HMC conference and he can’t wait!
The House Energy and Commerce Committee was established in 1795 and has operated continuously since then. It is one of the oldest and broadest spanning committees in Congress—responsible for everything from regulating interstate commerce to overseeing communications and digital technology. The name, powers, and jurisdiction of the committee have changed substantially over time, but one thing has remained constant: the committee is cross-cutting and unparalleled in its importance in shaping regulatory outcomes.
Given the wide range of topics under the committee’s purview, you should come prepared to engage in diverse and stimulating debate. Our legislative agenda this year will be focused on nuclear waste management and aquatic ecosystems, but we encourage you to come prepared to discuss these topics interdisciplinarily and to apply multiple lenses in crafting legislative solutions.
We can’t wait to meet all of you for what we think will be the best House Energy and Commerce session yet! We’ve been preparing all year for your arrival and look forward to hearing you debate, collaborate, and learn with us. If you have any questions about the committee or conference in general, feel free to reach out to us.
Wesley De Silvestro and Jack Swisher
Chairs of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce