A congressional retirement has resulted in U.S. Rep. Steve Russell receiving his first subcommittee chairmanship and better positioned him to take over a headline-grabbing committee.
Of course, any potential future committee chairmanship is contingent on Republicans keeping control of the House and Russell winning reelection in November.
Russell will chair a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security. The subcommittee has oversight of the State Department, Defense Department, Homeland Security and Agency for International Development.
“The American people need to be able to trust their government will live up to and exceed their expectations in keeping them safe at home — and I will continue to fight on their behalf as chairman,” the Oklahoma City Republican said in a statement.