U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry was nominated Wednesday to serve as Vice Chairman of Armed Services Committee. The nomination came from Speaker-designate John Boehner.
Thornberry will also serve as the Chairman of Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities subcommittee. The House Republican Steering Committee will vote to confirm the choice this week.
The Speaker-designate also asked Thornberry to lead an initiative on cybersecurity, which will focus Congress's efforts to combat the growing national security and economic threat. Cybersecurity is an issue of increasing importance in the wake of a number of high-profile breeches of both public and private cyber networks.
"I am honored to serve as Vice Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the 112th Congress and to lead cybersecurity initiatives in the House. I appreciate and welcome the added responsibility and new opportunities both positions bring," said Thornberry.
In making the announcement, Speaker-designate Boehner explained his decision, "Mac Thornberry is a real leader in our Conference on national security. His record on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees has shown him to be both an innovator and strategic thinker. I am backing him to be the next Vice Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, a role that will provide Mac with new responsibilities and opportunities to advance the security of our nation," said Boehner.
Thornberry will join Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) in leading the Armed Services Committee.
The Armed Services committee is responsible for general defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.
The 13th Congressional District is a long-time contributor to America's national security. In addition to being home to thousands of men and women who volunteer to serve in the Armed Forces, the area is also home to many veterans. In addition, Sheppard Air Force Base, the Pantex Plant, and Bell Helicopter all play unique and important roles in the nation's defense.