Today, U.S. Congressman Peter T. King (NY-3), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the subcommittee assignments for Republican Members. U.S. Congressman Chip Cravaack (MN-8) was appointed to two subcommittees on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. Cravaack will sit on the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and the Subcommittee on Transportation Security.
"I'm very pleased to make these subcommittee assignments," King said. "Our new members, including Congressman Cravaack, bring to the Committee talent, energy and a steadfast commitment to securing our homeland from the terrorists who continue to plot and execute attacks against our nation. The Subcommittees and their Members will be critical to the important work of the Committee on Homeland Security."
"Upon learning I would be serving on the Homeland Security Committee I targeted these subcommittees as two of my top choices, so it is very gratifying to have gotten them," said Cravaack. "They focus on rooting out terrorists who are already within our borders, and dealing with protecting the transportation systems they have attempted to use -- on multiple occasions -- to do our nation harm. Now more than ever we need to be proactive in how we deal with terrorists both here and abroad, because the protection of American citizens and the homeland is Congress's most important and fundamental duty. I am excited about the opportunity to serve on these subcommittees, and I look forward to working on the vital and urgent tasks ahead of me. "
Cravaack is a 24 year retired Navy Captain, the third generation of his family to serve in the U.S. military. He is also former commercial airline pilot with Northwest Airlines.