LOWELL — U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan announced Tuesday she was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, continuing a quarter century of 3rd Congressional District representation on the committee overseeing defense policy.
During Trahan’s campaign she said she would fight for this appointment, following in the footsteps of her predecessors Marty Meehan and Niki Tsongas who both served on the committee.
In a press release Tuesday, Trahan said she looks forward to leveraging her position on the committee to advocate for members of the armed forces and their families stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base and around the world.
“Massachusetts, and the 3rd Congressional District in particular, has some of the most cutting-edge military and research and development facilities in the country,” she said in a prepared statement. “I’m honored to be in a position to help continue that legacy of excellence.”
Over the summer, Trahan made similar remarks during a visit to Specialty Materials Inc. in Lowell, a majority defense-related business. She described the importance of defense spending for protection and the support it provides to companies in the region inventing and producing these technologies.
The committee overseas cybersecurity, defense research, ongoing military operations, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs and military personnel issues, Trahan said in the statement.
Subcommittee assignments have not yet been released.