Gwinnett's newest congressman will have a seat on the U.S. Armed Services Committee.
Hank Johnson, whose 4th District includes a portion of the Lilburn area, was assigned to the high-profile job by House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi this week.
"I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee with the chairman-designate and my fellow Democrats," Johnson, a freshman Democrat, said. "I am confident that together we will deliver the change that Americans have demanded."
The job could be especially important in the forging of a new strategy in Iraq, based on the findings of a study commission released last week.
Johnson takes over for controversial U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who recently introduced a bill to have President George W. Bush impeached, and who Johnson defeated in a primary election this year.
"One of our first orders of business, as Speaker-designate Pelosi has announced, will be to address the recommendations of the recently released bipartisan Iraq Study Group," Johnson said. "I believe this path positions us in the right direction to ultimately, but responsibly, bring our brave troops home."
According to Derick Corbett, spokesman for U.S. Rep. John Linder, the Republican steering committee has not yet met to divvy out roles.
Previously, Linder served on the Ways and Means and Homeland Security committees.
He was chairman of a subcommittee on nuclear and biological attack, a position he won't retain, since Democrats have taken over the majority of Congress. But Corbett said Linder was hoping to continue on both committees.
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