Defense and National Security
Our district is rich in military families and veterans. Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution grants Congress the authority to declare war, raise and support armies, provide for a navy, and establish the rules for the operation of American military forces. As a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and a proud veteran, providing for the common defense is a responsibility I take very seriously. I was honored to be appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over the U.S. military and national security, in the 114th Congress, and I am committed to ensuring that our troops have the equipment and training necessary to successfully complete their missions.