Congressman Elect Loudermilk Named To Committees

Congressman Elect Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) has been named to two committees for his freshman term in the 114th Congress; namely Homeland Security and Science, Space & Technology. According to a recently sent out campaign press release, Congressman Elect Loudermilk had this to say about his committee assignments:

Homeland Security is one of the most critical elements facing our nation. Over the past several years, we have become more vulnerable in numerous areas. We must address critical issues such as border security, counterterrorism, cyber-security and emergency preparedness. In addition to these critical areas, the Homeland Security committee is also responsible for oversight and efficiency of many departments tasked with defending our homeland, as well as many other integral security related issues. I’m looking forward to working with Chairman McCaul and the members of the Committee to do the job assigned to us.

My experience serving on the Science & Technology Committee in both the State House and State Senate, as well as working in the technology sector, has prepared me to hit the ground running on Science, Space, and Technology. While this committee hasn’t gained much media attention, it oversees many areas critical to our national security, economy and technological advancement. Chairman Smith has expressed his desire take the initiative on key legislation and engage in active oversight of the programs and activities in its jurisdiction; including energy, the environment, research and technology, as well as space technology.

The press release also quoted the Chairmen of these two committees:

“I am pleased to welcome Barry to the Committee on Homeland Security. His service to our country in the Air Force, his business management experience, and his leadership in Georgia state house will be valuable assets as we conduct continuous oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. I look forward to working with him to ensure the safety and security of our nation, while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used effectively and efficiently.”

– Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Committee on Homeland Security

“With extensive experience having served as Chair of the Georgia State Senate Science and Technology Committee, Barry Loudermilk will be a valued member of this Committee. As we tackle issues in the next Congress that will help shape our nation’s future, we will benefit from Rep. Loudermilk‘sexpertise and enthusiasm for science and technology.”

– Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Committee on Science, Space, and Technology


    • Joash Thomas says:

      Agreed. Thankfully, we have Congressman Tom Price taking over as Chairman of the powerful Budget Committee. Not to mention, Congressman Loudermilk does have some experience chairing the Georgia Senate’s Science and Technology Committee so we could probably be looking at a potential future Congressional Chairman there.

        • Charlie says:

          It goes well beyond term limits. It’s the belief within a large part of the GOP base that Washington experience works against us. So we end up primarying or asking to retire those in DC that are gaining clout. In exchange we get folks that spend 5-10 years on the outside looking in of major decisions.

          Demanding we unilaterally disarm in the seniority arms race has never made sense to me.

        • MattMD says:

          I think you have to be really careful when dealing with term limits. If they are too strict you can get some really ineffective, amateur-hour government like what happened in California.

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