GOP rep deployed to southern border with Air National Guard unit

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKoch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' Lawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia MORE (R-Ill.) was deployed to the southern border this week with his Air National Guard unit, a spokeswoman said in a statement.

“Earlier this week, Congressman Kinzinger was deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit, and is serving on active duty in his capacity as Lieutenant Colonel. As with his previous border missions while elected, the Congressman will stay within the United States," Kinzinger's communications director, Maura Gillespie, said in a statement posted to his Twitter.

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“The Congressman is humbled to serve his IL-16 community here in the People’s House and equally proud to serve as a reconnaissance pilot in the Air Guard. In both of these roles, Congressman Kinzinger fights to make our national security stronger, our border more secure, and our communities safer," Gillespie added.

Gillespie added that Kinzinger's offices in Washington, D.C., and Illinois would remain open while he is deployed.

Kinzinger is a pilot in the Air National Guard. He was also formerly a pilot in the Air Force, having served stints in both Afghanistan and Iraq.