U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), whose district includes the western portions of Wise County, will once again serve as the vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the 113th Congress.
Rep. Thornberry was first tapped by the House Republican Conference Steering Committee on the recommendation of Speaker John Boehner to serve as the Committee’s vice chairman in December 2010. New House committee appointments became official last week.
“Helping to lead the Armed Services committee gives me a chance to shape policies that affect our military, our readiness, and our capabilities for years to come,” said Thornberry. “With the country facing issues such as automatic sequestration cuts, the war in Afghanistan, nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, cybersecurity, and the spread of terrorism, serving at such a critical time to our national security is a great privilege and responsibility,” he continued.
In addition to his leadership role on the full committee, Thornberry will serve as the chairman of the newly renamed Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The subcommittee oversees a range of issues, including counter-terrorism programs and initiatives, U.S. Special Operations Forces, research and development, and counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The subcommittee will also now be responsible for intelligence policy, certain national intelligence programs, and DoD elements that are part of the intelligence community.
Thornberry will join Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) in leading the Armed Services Committee. “Mac is a strong and well-respected voice on defense issues, and he is also an effective leader for both the country and his district. His appointment as vice chairman of the committee will allow him to use his considerable talent to focus on some of the most challenging national security issues facing our country,” said McKeon.
In addition to his leadership role on the Armed Services Committee, Thornberry has also been asked to continue his senior role on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for two more years.
“These additional responsibilities allow me to make even more of a difference in national security, which is something I am really working toward in Congress,” said Thornberry.
The 13th Congressional District is a longtime contributor to America’s national security. It is home to thousands of men and women who volunteer to serve in the armed forces, as well as many veterans. Sheppard Air Force Base, the Pantex Plant and Bell Helicopter’s manufacturing facility each play unique and important roles in the nation’s defense.