On May 15, the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Committee announced that Representative Denny Heck (D-WA) became its 50th member. Upon his admittance, the congressman said he plans to focus on clean energy technology, climate change, national parks, and Puget Sound cleanup efforts. SEEC was founded in January 2009 by Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) and former congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) to advocate for environmental protection and clean energy policies.