New York Congresswoman Named Readiness Panel Vice Chair

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a freshman Republican from Upstate New York, was named vice chair of the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee last week, as part of an effort by Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) to get committee members more deeply involved in national security issues during the 114th Congress.

Stefanik, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has one major installation in her district, Fort Drum.

“From this position, I will be able to work to undo the damaging effects that the sequester is having on our military readiness as well as bring a strong voice to protect and strengthen the interests of Fort Drum. I look forward to working closely with Subcommittee Chairman Rob Wittman on these important issues,” she said in a written statement.

The Readiness Subcommittee is responsible for training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs; the BRAC process; military construction; and installations and family housing issues. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security and environmental issues.

Here are the remaining subcommittee vice chairs announced by Thornberry:

  • Seapower and Projection Forces — Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)
  • Strategic Forces — Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
  • Emerging Threats and Capabilities — Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
  • Military Personnel — Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.)
  • Tactical Air and Land Forces — Paul Cook (R-Calif.)

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