U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced Friday that he has been reappointed in the 116th Congress to the influential Science, Space, and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over all NASA programs. Brooks’ seniority improves to number two out of fifteen Republican members on the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
“I am pleased to be chosen to continue on the influential Science, Space, and Technology Committee despite cuts to Republican membership because of the move from majority to minority status,” Rep. Brooks said. “I look forward to working with my fellow committee members to advance America’s preeminence in space and protect and promote the Marshall Space Flight Center’s role in scientific advancements.”
“According to NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center is directly or indirectly responsible for more than 24,500 Tennessee Valley jobs that contribute roughly $82 million in state and local taxes,” Rep. Brooks said. “Some of the most committed engineers, scientists, and technology professionals in the nation reside in the Tennessee Valley and play an essential role in the advancement of space exploration and discovery. I am proud to again serve on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee where I can support their outstanding work.”
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee assignments will be announced in the coming weeks.
Brooks also announced that he will again serve on the highly influential House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Brooks has served on the Armed Services committee since taking office in 2011.
Among Republican members of the Armed Services committee, Brooks’ seniority improves to number sixteen out of twenty-six. Brooks’ seniority among the full committee membership has yet to be determined, but it is expected to improve, as well.
“The military side of Redstone Arsenal employs roughly 30,000 Tennessee Valley residents,” Rep. Brooks said. “In light of the dramatic cut in Republicans on the Armed Services Committee (as we moved from majority to minority status), I am pleased my Republican colleagues chose me to continue serving on Armed Services, where my growing seniority empowers me to better protect America’s national security and promote Redstone Arsenal’s role in providing that security.”
“The Tennessee Valley is experiencing rapid economic growth in large part because of Redstone Arsenal’s reputation as a center of excellence,” Brooks said. “Quite frankly, we often do what no one else in the world can do. Recognizing this, I again successfully competed for a position on Armed Service, which annually produces the National Defense Authorization Act, the primary mechanism whereby Congress authorizes Department of Defense programs.”
Brooks represents the 5th Congressional District of Alabama.