Congressman-elect Steve Knight hasn’t yet taken his House seat, but when he does, he’ll be a member of the House Armed Services Committee – just like his predecessor.
“I am truly honored to be a part of this committee,” Knight stated on his Facebook page. “As I promised, I will do all I can to keep (California) and our country safe.”
Voters from the 25th Congressional District named Knight, R-Antelope Valley, to succeed Congressman Buck McKeon in November, when Knight defeated Tony Strickland, by 7,622 votes, 60,847 to 53,225.
McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, is the current chairman of the Armed Services Committee, but his 11th and final term ends this month.
Knight has yet to resign his current state Senate seat in the 21st District, although a race is legally required to be called for within two weeks of his announcement.
Congressman Mac Thornberry, R-Amarillo, who’s scheduled to become chairman-elect of the House Armed Services Committee in January, when the 114th Congress convenes, announced the Steering Committee assignments with a statement on the committee’s website:
“The Armed Services Committee has always taken its constitutional responsibilities to the country and to our men and women in uniform very seriously. With the world growing more dangerous and a shrinking military, we have an enormous task ahead of us. I am very impressed with the qualifications of the new members of the committee and with their commitment to our national security,” Thornberry said. “I look forward to working with them and all members of the Committee on both sides of the aisle to meet the many challenges we face.”
Also joining Knight on the committee as new members are: Rep. Sam Graves, R-MO; Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-MT; Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY; Rep. Martha McSally, R-AZ; Rep. Steve Knight, R-CA; and Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-NJ.