Karen Christian, chief counsel for the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, is best known for her lead role in the Solyndra investigation, which dominated much of the GOP agenda on the committee during the last Congress.
Though the probe into the company’s $535 million loan guarantee from the Energy Department didn’t result in new laws or regulations, Christian calls it a success. “We made points we needed to make about how the loan program was working, and I think you’ve seen an impact in the program and how it’s handled,” she said.
Christian, whose first investigation on the panel in 2006 was cracking down on online child pornography, says much of the oversight during this session will focus on the Affordable Care Act.
Christian, 39, is from Ohio and earned an undergraduate degree in English from Ohio University and a law degree from Ohio State University. In her spare time, she plays tennis and spends time with her three young children.
This article appears in the April 18, 2013, edition of NJ Daily as Karen Christian, Majority Chief Counsel, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.