The United States House Republican Conference on Thursday voted to ratify Congressman Mike Rogers (AL-03) as the next ranking member of the House Committee on Armed Services.
This comes after the House GOP Steering Committee earlier this week slated Rogers for the important post. The east Alabama congressman will serve as the top Republican on Armed Services for the 117th Congress, which begins on January 3, 2021, and runs for two years.
“It’s an honor to be selected by my colleagues to lead the Republicans as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee for the 117th Congress,” Rogers said in a statement.
“The nature of warfare is changing, and we must adapt accordingly. The future of the free world depends on meeting these challenges. As Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will work to modernize our military, combat our rising adversaries, and dominate the battlefields of this century,” he concluded.
Rogers is the ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security for the 116th Congress.
He is also a senior member of Armed Services, currently serving on the subcommittees on Readiness and Strategic Forces.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) commented, “America faces many challenges to our safety and security, and the Armed Services Committee will play an important role in confronting them. It must be led by someone with knowledge and determination. That is Mike.”
“He is a patriot who has proven to be one of the most effective voices in our conference for a strong national defense. As the former chairman of an Armed Services Subcommittee, he was instrumental in the work to rebuild the military, improve readiness, and provide the best equipment to our troops. Moreover, he has championed stronger border security as the ranking member of the Homeland Security Committee,” McCarthy continued. “I am confident Mike will lead Republicans on the Armed Services Committee well over the next two years.”
Rogers has served on Armed Services since taking office in January 2003. His district includes Anniston Army Depot and a portion of Fort Benning.
U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the current Armed Services ranking member, did not seek reelection this year.
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