U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper leads Library of Congress committee

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper has been named chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

The Mississippi Republican has served on the panel since 2009 and was named its leader this past week.

The committee has members from both the House and the Senate. It oversees operations of the Library of Congress and management of the congressional art collection and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Harper says in a news release that the Library of Congress benefits all citizens by preserving the United States’ rich heritage and promoting American ingenuity.