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Courtney Named Chairman of the House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee

January 23, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) was selected to be the new Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee for the 116th Congress at the Democratic organizing caucus for the House Armed Services Committee. Courtney has been a member on the panel since 2007, and most recently served as Ranking Member since 2015. The full committee will formally organize tomorrow, January 24.

“I am honored to be named chairman of what I consider to be one of the most bipartisan and effective panels in Congress,” Congressman Courtney said. “This subcommittee oversees some of the most critical capabilities on, below, and above the seas at a time when our nation needs them most. Ensuring that our Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and maritime sector has the support they need has been a bipartisan priority for this panel since I joined in 2007 – and will continue to be as we start our work in the 116th Congress. I am particularly excited by the influx of new members with a breadth of experience joining our panel, and look forward to their insight and involvement in our work ahead.”

The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee has jurisdiction over a broad range of programs including shipbuilding; long-range bomber, airlift, and tanker aircraft; seaborne unmanned systems; and, national security aspects of our domestic maritime programs.

For Connecticut, specific priorities under the panel’s oversight include Navy shipbuilding programs such as the Virginia and Columbia-class submarines, the B-21 Raider bomber and KC-46A Tanker powered by Pratt and Whitney engines, cargo airlift programs like the C-130H aircraft flown by the “Flying Yankees” of the Connecticut Air National Guard’s 103rd Airlift Wing out of Bradley airport, and other programs that are supported by hundreds of manufacturers and suppliers across the state.

According to a review by House Historians Office, Courtney is the first known member from Connecticut to lead a naval oversight panel in the House of Representatives since 1873, when Stephen W. Kellogg of Waterbury served as Chair of the Committee on Expenditures in the Navy Department in the 42nd Congress (1871-1873). Prior to that, Samuel Ingham, a two-term Congressman with connections to Hebron, Jewett City (Griswold) and Essex, served as chair of the Committee on Navy Affairs in the 25th Congress (1837-1839).