Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Andy Kim (D-Marlton) have been given seats on the House Armed Services Committee.
The assignments put both freshmen Democratic House members in a position to advocate on behalf of major military installations in their districts.
Sherill, a former U.S. Navy helicopter pilot and Annapolis graduate, has the U.S. Army Picatinny Arsenal in her district.
“As a former officer in the U.S. Navy, I understand the importance of a strong national defense and our enduring obligations to all the women and men who serve in uniform to secure our freedom. I am honored to join the committee and further their mission,” said Sherrill. “I intend to be an advocate for Picatinny Arsenal which plays a vital role in both our national defense and our local economy, and to address emerging national security threats such as climate change and cybersecurity.”
She is the first New Jersey congresswoman to serve on Armed Services, and the first U.S. Navy veteran to represent New Jersey in Congress since Bernard Dwyer (D-Edison) and Frank Guarini (D-Jersey City) retired in 1992.
The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst base is in Kim’s district.
The New Jersey Globe reported earlier this month that Kim’s unexpected support of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker — he had promised to oppose her during his campaign against Rep. Tom MacArthur — was tied to a commitment that he would get the Armed Services post.
Sherrill did not vote for Pelosi, as she had promised during her campaign, but still got a spot on that committee.
This story was updated at 10:27 AM on January 15 to include comment from Sherrill.