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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.


114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Mac Thornberry (R).

113th congress

Buck McKeon (R) retained his role as committee chair in the 113th Congress.[1]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Buck McKeon (R).


2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Armed Service Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (27)Republican members (36)
Adam Smith (Washington) Ranking MemberMac Thornberry (Texas) Chairman
Loretta Sanchez (California) Walter B. Jones (North Carolina)
Robert Brady (Pennsylvania) J. Randy Forbes (Virginia)
Susan Davis (California) Jeff Miller (Florida)
James Langevin (Rhode Island) Joe Wilson (South Carolina)
Rick Larsen (Washington) Frank LoBiondo (New Jersey)
Jim Cooper (Tennessee) Rob Bishop (Utah)
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam) Michael R. Turner (Ohio)
Joe Courtney (Connecticut) John Kline (Minnesota)
Niki Tsongas (Massachusetts) Mike Rogers (Alabama)
John Garamendi (California) Trent Franks (Arizona)
Hank Johnson (Georgia) Bill Shuster (Pennsylvania)
Jackie Speier (California) K. Michael Conaway (Texas)
Joaquin Castro (Texas) Doug Lamborn (Colorado)
Tammy Duckworth (Illinois) Rob Wittman (Virginia)
Scott Peters (California) Duncan Hunter (California)
Marc Veasey (Texas) John C. Fleming (Louisiana)
Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) Mike Coffman (Colorado)
Timothy Walz (Minnesota) Chris Gibson (New York)
Beto O'Rourke (Texas) Vicky Hartzler (Missouri)
Donald Norcross (New Jersey) Joe Heck (Nevada)
Ruben Gallego (Arizona) Austin Scott (Georgia)
Mark Takai (Hawaii) Steve Palazzo (Mississippi)
Gwen Graham (Florida) Mo Brooks (Alabama)
Brad Ashford (Nebraska) Richard Nugent (Florida)
Seth Moulton (Massachusetts) Paul Cook (California)
Pete Aguilar (California) Jim Bridenstine (Oklahoma)
Brad Wenstrup (Ohio)
Jackie Walorski (Indiana)
Bradley Byrne (Alabama)
Sam Graves (Missouri)
Ryan Zinke (Montana)
Elise Stefanik (New York)
Martha McSally (Arizona)
Steve Knight (California)
Tom MacArthur (New Jersey)

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Note: Ron Barber (D) replaced Gabrielle Giffords (D) partway through the session due to her retirement.

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.

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Tactical Air and Land Forces

Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (11)Republican members (13)
Loretta Sanchez Ranking memberMichael R. Turner Chairman
Niki Tsongas Frank LoBiondo
Hank Johnson John Fleming
Tammy Duckworth Chris Gibson
Marc Veasey Paul Cook
Timothy Walz Brad Wenstrup
Donald Norcross Jackie Walorski
Ruben Gallego Sam Graves
Mark Takai Martha McSally
Gwen Graham Steve Knight
Seth Moulton Tom MacArthur
Walter Jones
Joe Wilson

Jurisdiction: conducts oversight of ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, and National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve, authorizes procurement and R&D programs.[2]

Military Personnel

Military Personnel Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (6)Republican members (8)
Susan Davis Ranking MemberJoseph Heck Chairman
Robert Brady Walter Jones
Niki Tsongas John Kline
Jackie Speier Mike Coffman
Timothy Walz Tom MacArthur
Beto O'Rourke Elise Stefanik
Paul Cook
Steve Knight

Jurisdiction: responsible for military personnel policy, reserve component integration and employment issues, military health care, military education, and POW/MIA issues.[2]

Oversight & Investigations

Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (4)Republican members (6)
Jackie Speier Ranking MemberVicky Hartzler Chairman
Jim Cooper Jeff Miller
Hank Johnson K. Michael Conaway
Gwen Graham Joe Heck
Austin Scott
Martha McSally

Jurisdiction: conducts studies and investigations across the jurisdiction of the House Armed Services Committee, including inquiries into allegations of waste, fraud, abuse, and wrongdoing and inefficiencies within the Department of Defense.[2]


Readiness Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (10)Republican members (12)
Madeleine Z. Bordallo Ranking MemberRob Wittman Chairman
Susan Davis Rob Bishop
Joe Courtney Vicky Hartzler
Joe Courtney Austin Scott
Joaquin Castro Elise Stefanik
Tammy Duckworth Frank LoBiondo
Scott Peters Mike Rogers
Tulsi Gabbard Chris Gibson
Beto O'Rourke Steve Palazzo
Ruben Gallego Richard Nugent
Brad Wenstrup
Sam Graves

Jurisdiction: oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD.[2]

Seapower & Projection Forces

Seapower & Projection Forces Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (9)Republican members (12)
Joe Courtney Ranking MemberRandy Forbes Chairman
James Langevin Michael Conaway
Rick Larsen Steve Palazzo
Madeleine Bordallo Bradley Byrne
Hank Johnson Rob Wittman
Scott Peters Duncan Hunter
Tulsi Gabbard Vicky Hartzler
Gwen Graham Paul Cook
Seth Moulton Jim Bridenstine
Jackie Walorski
Ryan Zinke
Steve Knight

Jurisdiction: provides authorization for Navy and Marine Corps procurement and R&D programs, this subcommittee is committed to reversing the decline in the Navy battle force fleet, strengthening the naval air component, and providing the Marine Corps warfighter with essential equipment for combat operations.[2]

Strategic Forces

Strategic Forces Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (8)Republican members (10)
Jim Cooper Ranking MemberMike Rogers Chairman
Loretta Sanchez Trent Franks
James Langevin Doug Lamborn
Rick Larsen Mike Coffman
John Garamendi Mo Brooks
Mark Takai Jim Bridenstine
Brad Ashford J. Randy Forbes
Pete Aguilar Rob Bishop
Michael R. Turner
John Fleming

Jurisdiction: oversees our nation’s strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs (excluding nonproliferation programs).[2]

Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (8)Republican members (12)
James Langevin Ranking MemberJoe Wilson Chairman
Jim Cooper John Kline
John Garamendi Bill Shuster
Joaquin Castro Duncan Hunter
Marc Veasey Rich Nugent
Donald Norcross Richard Nugent
Brad Ashford Ryan Zinke
Pete Aguilar Trent Franks
Doug Lamborn
Mo Brooks
Bradley Byrne
Elise Stefanik

Jurisdiction: responsible for overseeing counter-terrorism programs and initiatives and counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, this subcommittee oversees U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), information technology and programs, force protection policy and oversight, and related intelligence support.[2]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Armed Services Committee includes the following:

  1. defense policy generally
  2. ongoing military operations
  3. the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy
  4. counter-drug programs
  5. acquisition and industrial base policy
  6. technology transfer and export controls
  7. joint interoperability,
  8. the Cooperative Threat Reduction program
  9. Department of Energy nonproliferation programs
  10. detainee affairs and policy.


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