By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R) from Huntsville announced on Friday that the GOP Conference had voted to assign Congressman Brooks to the House Armed Services Committee, the Space and Technology Committee and (new for the 113th Congress) the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Representative Brooks said, “All three of these committee assignments will help preserve North Alabama’s role as a national leader in defense and exploration. I look forward to working on them.”
Rep. Brooks said, “I am very pleased with these committee assignments and look forward to working on them in the 113th Congress. I will continue my work as an advocate for our national security and NASA on the House Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology Committees. These are not only issues of national importance, but they also impact more than 35,000 military, federal civilian, and private sector jobs in Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.”
Rep. Brooks said, “Fortunately, the time I’ve been in Congress is paying off. My committee seniority is improving.” Rep. Brooks’ who is entering his second term in the House seniority on the House Armed Service Committee has improved six positions, from number 34 out of 35 Republican Members in the 112th Congress, to number 28 out of 34 Republican Members in the 113th Congress.
Rep. Brooks said, “The Foreign Affairs Committee is a pleasant surprise. In a time of international turmoil, and in a time when so many jobs are related to international relations and trade, I was not sure that my efforts would be enough to overcome the desire of so many Congressmen to be on this prestigious Committee. North Alabama has a substantial international presence. I am very pleased to add the Foreign Affairs Committee to my work scope.”
Brooks’ seniority on the Science, Space and Technology Committee improved five positions, from number 17 out of 22 Republican Members in the 112th Congress, to 12 out of 22 Republican Members in the 113th Congress.
Rep. Brooks will be 13th in seniority out of 25 Republican members on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the 113th Congress. In the 112th Congress, Brooks was a vocal critic of the Obama administration’s proposed policy of sharing anti-missile technology with Russia. Brooks also warned about the growing threat from Iran’s missile and nuclear programs.
In the 112th Congress, Congressman Brooks was the Chair of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education for the House Space and Technology Committee. Subcommittee assignments for committees in the 113th Congress will be determined over the next few weeks.
Congressman Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.