United States House Committee on Armed Services

The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy.

House Armed Services Committee
Standing committee
Active

United States House of Representatives
116th Congress
History
FormedAugust 2, 1946
PrecededCommittee on Military Affairs, Committee on Naval Affairs
Formerly known asCommittee on National Security
Leadership
ChairAdam Smith (D)
Since January 3, 2019
Ranking memberMac Thornberry (R)
Since January 3, 2019
Vice chairAnthony G. Brown (D)
Since January 3, 2017
Structure
Seats57
Political partiesMajority (31)
Minority (26)
Jurisdiction
Policy areasDefense policy, military operations
Oversight authorityDepartment of Defense, Armed Forces, Department of Energy (partly)
Senate counterpartSenate Armed Services Committee
Subcommittees
Website
armedservices.house.gov

    Jurisdiction

    The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy generally, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.[1]

    History

    The Armed Services Committee was created by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, which consolidated the functions of two predecessor committees: the Committee on Military Affairs and the Committee on Naval Affairs, which were established as standing committees in 1822. Another predecessor, the Committee on the Militia, was created in 1835 and existed until 1911 when it was abolished and its jurisdiction transferred to the Committee on Military Affairs.[2] When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994, the committee was renamed the Committee on National Security. It was later renamed the Committee on Armed Services.

    Members, 116th Congress

    Majority Minority

    Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 24 (Chair), H.Res. 25 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 42 (D), H.Res. 68 (R)

    Historical membership rosters

    115th Congress

    Majority[3] Minority[4]

    Subcommittees

    Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
    Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Jim Langevin (D-RI) Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
    Military Personnel Jackie Speier (D-CA) Trent Kelly (R-MS)
    Readiness John Garamendi (D-CA) Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
    Seapower and Projection Forces Joe Courtney (D-CT) Rob Wittman (R-VA)
    Strategic Forces Jim Cooper (D-TN) Mike Turner (R-OH)
    Tactical Air and Land Forces Donald Norcross (D-NJ) Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

    Source:

    Chairmen since 1947

    ChairmanPartyStateYears
    Walter G. Andrews Republican New York 1947–1949
    Carl Vinson Democratic Georgia 1949–1953
    Dewey J. Short Republican Missouri 1953–1955
    Carl Vinson Democratic Georgia 1955–1965
    L. Mendel Rivers Democratic South Carolina 1965–1970
    Philip J. Philbin Democratic Massachusetts 1970–1971
    F. Edward Hébert Democratic Louisiana 1971–1975
    Melvin Price Democratic Illinois 1975–1985
    Les Aspin Democratic Wisconsin 1985–1993
    Ron Dellums Democratic California 1993–1995
    Floyd Spence Republican South Carolina 1995–2001
    Bob Stump Republican Arizona 2001–2003
    Duncan Hunter Republican California 2003–2007
    Ike Skelton Democratic Missouri 2007–2011
    Buck McKeon Republican California 2011–2015
    Mac Thornberry Republican Texas 2015–2019
    Adam Smith Democratic Washington 2019–present

    References

    1. "Jurisdiction and Rules". Armed Services Republicans. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
    2. Chapter 4. Records of the Armed Services Committee and Its Predecessors Guide to the Record of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)
    3. H.Res. 6, H.Res. 36
    4. H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 95
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