Newly elected Jim Bridenstine, of Tulsa, who defeated incumbent Rep. John Sullivan in the Republican Primary in June, has secured a seat on the House Armed Services Committee. The Navy Reserve pilot was one of six new Republicans announced by the committee chairman on Wednesday.
Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, a California Republican who is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said:
“The Armed Services Committee has long benefited from a bi-partisan roster of insightful, dedicated and energetic members. The 113th Congress will be no exception. I have had an opportunity to meet with each of them and know they appreciate that their membership carries a unique responsibility. We are charged with ensuring that America’s military is capable of meeting the expected and unexpected threats to peace and security around the world. After a decade of hard fighting, we must help our men and women in uniform meet those challenges in an era of declining resources. As we do so, we are ever mindful that our service on the Committee must honor the service our troops give to the nation. I am confident that these members can fulfill these obligations and I am honored that they have stepped up to serve.”