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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mac Thornberry (TX-13), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today announced subcommittee assignments for the new 116th Congress. Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) will join the Subcommittees on Strategic Forces, as well as Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities. The former oversees nuclear weapons, missile defense and space programs. The latter oversees counter-terrorism, special operations, military intelligence and cyber issues, among others.

Rep. Thornberry named his colleague to the full committee earlier this month. Rep. DesJarlais will also serve on the House Agriculture Committee, an announcement Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11), the Ranking Member, made last week. Rep. DesJarlais issued the following statement:

“Tennessee, especially the Fourth District, is a top producer of agriculture staples. It’s a major farming and ranching state, where the Walking Horse industry is prominent. Rural areas are also experiencing manufacturing growth, making demands on infrastructure. On the Agriculture Committee, I will have the opportunity to promote rural broadband and workforce development, because important skills are in short supply, and on the Armed Services Committee, I will be able to assist our many military members, serving our country. Tennesseans working at nearby research and testing facilities are at the forefront of nuclear, hypersonic and space technology to protect America. My goal is to provide them and soldiers on the battlefield with all the resources they need to win, and to save taxpayers money. Significant reforms to the Pentagon bureaucracy are already underway.”