Two CPAs who had not previously served in Congress took their seats at the beginning of January when the 115th Congress convened. They are Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from the 8th District of Pennsylvania, and Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democrat from the 3rd District of New York.
Rep. Fitzpatrick is a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania. He worked as a CPA before transitioning to a legal career, notably as special assistant to the United States Attorney. Rep. Fitzpatrick then worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he served as the National Director of the FBI’s Campaign Finance and Election Crimes Enforcement programs.
Congressman Fitzpatrick has been selected to sit on the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Small Business.
Rep. Suozzi is a former licensed CPA in the State of New York who worked as an auditor for Arthur Anderson & Company before attending law school. He then worked as an Associate at Shearman & Sterling. Rep. Suozzi began his political career in 1994 when he was elected as Mayor of Glen Cove, New York, where he served for eight years. He then was elected to serve another eight years as the County Executive in Nassau County, New York.
Congressman Suozzi has been appointed to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
There are now 10 CPAs in the House and two accountants in the Senate.