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United States House Committee on Armed Services

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House Armed Services Committee
Standing committee
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United States House of Representatives
116th Congress
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FormedAugust 2, 1946
PrecededCommittee on Military Affairs, Committee on Naval Affairs
Formerly known asCommittee on National Security
ChairAdam Smith (D)
Since January 3, 2019
Ranking memberMac Thornberry (R)
Since January 3, 2019
Vice chairAnthony G. Brown (D)
Since January 3, 2017
Political partiesMajority (31)
  •   Democratic (31)
Minority (26)
Policy areasDefense policy, military operations
Oversight authorityDepartment of Defense, Armed Forces, Department of Energy (partly)
Senate counterpartSenate Armed Services Committee

The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. It is responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States Armed Forces, as well as substantial portions of the Department of Energy.


The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy generally, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.[1]


The Armed Services Committee was created by the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, which consolidated the functions of two predecessor committees: the Committee on Military Affairs and the Committee on Naval Affairs, which were established as standing committees in 1822. Another predecessor, the Committee on the Militia, was created in 1835 and existed until 1911 when it was abolished and its jurisdiction transferred to the Committee on Military Affairs.[2] When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in 1994, the committee was renamed the Committee on National Security. It was later renamed the Committee on Armed Services.

Members, 116th Congress

Majority Minority

Resolutions electing members: H.Res. 24 (Chair), H.Res. 25 (Ranking Member), H.Res. 42 (D), H.Res. 68 (R), H.Res. 712 (D)

Historical membership rosters

115th Congress

Majority[3] Minority[4]


Subcommittee Chair Ranking Member
Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities Jim Langevin (D-RI) Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
Military Personnel Jackie Speier (D-CA) Trent Kelly (R-MS)
Readiness John Garamendi (D-CA) Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Seapower and Projection Forces Joe Courtney (D-CT) Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Strategic Forces Jim Cooper (D-TN) Mike Turner (R-OH)
Tactical Air and Land Forces Donald Norcross (D-NJ) Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)

Source: [1]

Chairmen since 1947

Chairman Party State Years
Walter G. Andrews Republican New York 1947–1949
Carl Vinson Democratic Georgia 1949–1953
Dewey J. Short Republican Missouri 1953–1955
Carl Vinson Democratic Georgia 1955–1965
L. Mendel Rivers Democratic South Carolina 1965–1970
Philip J. Philbin Democratic Massachusetts 1970–1971
F. Edward Hébert Democratic Louisiana 1971–1975
Melvin Price Democratic Illinois 1975–1985
Les Aspin Democratic Wisconsin 1985–1993
Ron Dellums Democratic California 1993–1995
Floyd Spence Republican South Carolina 1995–2001
Bob Stump Republican Arizona 2001–2003
Duncan Hunter Republican California 2003–2007
Ike Skelton Democratic Missouri 2007–2011
Buck McKeon Republican California 2011–2015
Mac Thornberry Republican Texas 2015–2019
Adam Smith Democratic Washington 2019–present


  1. ^ "Jurisdiction and Rules". Armed Services Republicans. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  2. ^ Chapter 4. Records of the Armed Services Committee and Its Predecessors Guide to the Record of the U.S. House of Representatives at the National Archives, 1789-1989 (Record Group 233)
  3. ^ H.Res. 6, H.Res. 36
  4. ^ H.Res. 7, H.Res. 45, H.Res. 95

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