Rep. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) has been named as the ranking minority member of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, putting him in a strong position to advocate for military families in his district and across the U.S.
“Some of the toughest conversations I’ve had since becoming a Member of Congress have been with military personnel who aren’t getting the health care they need or military spouses who are struggling to find jobs as they move around the nation from base to base,” Kim said.
New Jersey’s 3rd district is the home of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a key component of Burlington County’s local economy.
During his four years as a congressman, Kim has advocated initiatives to better serve veterans.
“We have a crisis of suicide and mental health with our servicemembers and veterans, but the response has not yet risen to meet the challenge,” Kim said. “We need to do better, much better for our military personnel and their families. We spend billions on weapons and hardware but then tell servicemembers in need of help that they aren’t eligible for mental health support.”
In addition to his seat on the Armed Services, Kim will also keep his assignment to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was recently named to the Select Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) was also named to the new select committee, which will focus on economic and security competition.
Sherrill will retain her seat on the Armed Services but will take a leave of absence from the Science and Technology Committee. During the four years Democrats controlled the House, Sherrill was a subcommittee chair on that panel.