U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was selected as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). Inhofe previously served as Ranking Member of the committee during the 113th Congress. After a vote by members of the Armed Services Committee, the Republican Conference approved Inhofe’s election today. The full Senate is expected to formally affirm the selection before the end of the week.
“I am deeply honored that my colleagues have selected me to lead the Armed Services Committee,” Inhofe said. “America is facing new and unprecedented threats that are different from anything we’ve seen before. As chairman, it will be my priority to address these threats while maintaining a staunch commitment to service members and their families, as well as continue the bipartisan tradition of rigorous accountability and oversight of the Defense Department. I look forward to working with Ranking Member Reed and the entire committee as we continue to ensure our military is ready and able to defend America against growing threats from around the world.”
Sen. Inhofe has served on the Armed Services Committee since 1995, and is the committee’s first chairman from Oklahoma. He previously served as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee from 2003-2006 and from 2015-2016 where his tenure was marked by strong oversight and the passage of major legislation, including the FAST Act, the return to biennial water infrastructure bills and the first reform of chemical legislation since the 1990s.