Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, was officially named to the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. It’s one of the top committee assignments on Capitol Hill since the members decide how to spend hundreds of billions of dollars.
Oklahoma hasn’t had a member on the committee for the last two years — since former Congressman Ernest Istook left the House. That was unusual since Oklahoma has had at least one member on it for decades.
Cole will have to give up his seat on the House Armed Services Committee, an important one for his district, which includes Tinker Air Force Base and Fort Sill. But he’ll have input into defense spending now. And Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, serves on Armed Services; Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, may get on the panel for the new Congress.