Speier appointed to Armed Services Committee

The Bay Area once again has a representative on the House Armed Services Committee: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, named Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, to the panel yesterday.

“I am honored that Speaker Boehner, with Leader Pelosi’s endorsement, appointed me to serve on the critically important House Armed Services Committee,” Speier said in a news release. “With this assignment comes great responsibility to protect the security of our nation, support our military service men and women, and also ensure that the funds we dedicate to national defense are used appropriately and strategically.”

“We have the best military in the world, but we cannot simply spend our way to strength while cutting critical social safety net programs, education, and infrastructure spending,” she said. “I will work with my committee colleagues to root out military waste and inefficiencies while continuing support for our brave military members, their families and our veterans. I will also continue stressing the harm that the epidemic of military sexual assault poses to unit cohesiveness and also promote solutions within the chain of command structure.”

In the same release, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said Speier “has dedicated her career to public service – to defending the rights of workers and consumers, to fighting for our children and families, to securing our nation. Her work to defend our nation, strengthen our military, and ensure the safety and security of the American people will continue as a Member of the Armed Services Committee.”

Rep. John Garamendi, D-San Francisco, also serves on the Armed Services Committee, but redistricting has pushed him out of the Bay Area. The committee’s chair is Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and its other California members include Duncan D. Hunter, R-Lakeside; Loretta Sanchez, D-Anaheim; and Susan Davis, D-San Diego.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.