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Inhofe Formally Named SASC Chairman; Sullivan Takes Over As Readiness Subcommittee Chair

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has formally been named the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Inhofe’s former job as chairman of the readiness subcommittee will be filled by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

Inhofe had been acting as the SASC chairman while Sen. John McCain was at his home in Arizona for treatment for an aggressive brain tumor. After McCain died on Aug. 25, the Senate Republican Conference voted on Sept. 5 to name Inhofe as the next committee chairman.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a Sept. 6 statement that “I have confidence that Sen. Inhofe’s chairmanship will continue the bipartisan/bicameral relationship that we have maintained in recent years between our two committees. He takes on an important job at a time when the threats to our country have rarely been so great, and I look forward to working with him on behalf of the men and women in uniform.”

Sullivan has been assigned to SASC since he was sworn into the Senate in January 2015, sitting on the airland, seapower and strategic forces subcommittees. This will be his first leadership position in SASC, and he will give up his seat on the seapower subcommittee to take the helm on the readiness subcommittee.

Additionally, SASC announced today that Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) – a former U.S. senator who was named by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to serve as McCain’s replacement in the Senate until a special election in 2020 – would be assigned to the SASC. Kyl will serve on the airland, seapower and strategic forces subcommittees.

  • Marc Apter

    So McCain will be replaced in the Senate by someone who never served in the Military and is now on the Armed Services Committee, and the new Senate Armed Services Committee Chair will be someone who was drafted and served 2 years in the late 50’s. Will these two people truly care about the concerns of those serving or are vets since the Vietnam period, as they have never experienced that world?

    • Rocco

      Well their gonna have to! Hopefully he makes wise choices on how to spend our money. Not LCS’s the 1st thing is retention. Without good people in our military we can’t have a good foundation. Also reinstate the draft. If no one likes it too bad or get out!!! Eventually those who got drafted a good percentage will stay get an education. Win win.

  • Duane

    Inhofe is OK, but he is no John McCain, does not have McCain’s understanding of military forces in the context of geopolitics. The truth is McCain was one of a kind. It will be a very long time before we see someone of that capability in government again.