- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The House Armed Services Committee is adding 16 new Democratic members, one more sign of the shift in power brought on by November’s midterm elections.

New committee Chairman Adam Smith of Washington state announced the new additions Tuesday afternoon, saying in a statement, “I look forward to working with all of you to improve our country’s national security and support our men and women in uniform.”

Many of the new committee members have military experience including Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey; Rep. Gil Cisneros of California and Virginia Rep. Elaine Luria, all of whom served in the Navy; Army veteran Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado; Pennsylvania Rep. Chrissy Houlahan is a former Air Force officer; and Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, who served as a Marine.

Mr. Smith also welcomed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress; Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, a former CIA analyst; and Massachusetts Rep. Bill Keating, who also sits on the House Homeland Security Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee.

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