Rep. Roby named head of House defense Oversight subpanel

The second-term GOP lawmaker, who has served on the defense panel since being elected to Congress in 2011, will continue to help guide the subcommittee's role as "a vital part" of the larger panel's oversight role, Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said in the statement. 

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Roby "will bring the energy and attention to this job that she has already brought to her work on the full committee," according to McKeon. 

Under Roby, the subpanel will be the full committee's conduit in "compelling the military to address difficult truths and informing our legislative approach as we help overcome tough issues," he said.

In the past, the Oversight Committee has taken on such difficult issues as defense spending and acquisition reform. "Under Martha's leadership, [the subcommittee] will continue to serve this important role well," McKeon added. 

Roby's new chairmanship caps off the full committee's reshuffling of subpanel leadership positions that has been under way since last November. 

Last December, Rep. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesToo much ‘can do,’ not enough candor Trump makes little headway filling out Pentagon jobs Why there's only one choice for Trump's Navy secretary MORE (R-Va.) beat out fellow Virginia Republican Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanVirginia Port: Gateway to the economic growth Republican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Defense: Latest on House defense bill markup | Air Force One, low-yield nukes spark debate | House Dems introduce resolutions blocking Saudi arms sales | Trump to send 1,000 troops to Poland MORE to secure the House Armed Services Seapower subcommittee chairmanship, vacated by former Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).

Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner will take the gavel as the new chairman of the committee's Tactical Air and Land Forces subpanel, replacing longtime subcommittee chief former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.). 

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) retains his post, dual-hatted as committee vice chairman and head of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subpanel, while Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) will take the reins from Turner on the Strategic Forces subcommittee. 

Rounding out McKeon's roster of subcommittee chairman is Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonGOP lawmaker: 'Dangerous' abuse of Interpol by Russia, China, Venezuela Washington Post fact-checker gives Plame three Pinocchios for Libby claim Cities are the future: We need to coordinate their international diplomacy MORE (R-S.C.), who will head up the House panel's Readiness subcommittee.