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Congressman Jim Langevin receives The National Emergency Management Association 2017 Congressional Award

Congressman Jim Langevin receives The National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) 2017 Congressional Award

Cranston, R.Ió Today, U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) was presented with the National Emergency Management Association 2017 Congressional Award for his continuous support and dedication to the emergency management community. The award recognizes an elected official's commitment and untiring efforts towards enhancing emergency management and homeland security initiatives.

"I am honored and humbled to receive the 2017 Congressional Award for my ongoing work in cybersecurity to help protect Rhode Islanders and citizens across the country," Congressman Langevin said. "Not all disasters are natural, and as more of our critical infrastructure is connected to the Internet, the chance of a cyberattack causing serious injury or property damage only increases. I am grateful for Director Gaynor's efforts to incorporate cybersecurity into Rhode Island's emergency planning, and I remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to address issues facing our country in cyberspace."

"This award highlights Representative Langevin's leadership in preparing and protecting the citizens of Rhode Island," said Peter Gaynor, Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. "We're extremely thankful to NEMA for acknowledging Representative Langevin's service and significant accomplishments in national security.

Langevin is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee where he serves as the Ranking Member of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, as well as a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Langevin is also the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus to help raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity and provide a forum for members of Congress to discuss the challenges in securing cyberspace.

In addition to Langevin, Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are also winners of the 2017 Congressional Award.

Contact: Armand Randolph (401) 641-8269 (C) (401) 462-7183 (O) www.riema.ri.gov

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