WASHINGTON, DC - Area Congressman Mac Thornberry officially became the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. He is the first Texan--Republican or Democrat--to serve in this position.
The Armed Services Committee has a responsibility to oversee the Pentagon, all military services, and all Department of Defense agencies. Each year it writes a defense authorization bill, which authorizes military spending and sets the policies for the Pentagon to follow.
"I am only able to do this job because of the support from my family, people at home, and others who have encouraged me and prayed for me. For these things, I am grateful," said Thornberry. "Serving as the Chairman of this committee is a great privilege and a tremendous responsibility. And now I am ready to get to work."