112th Congress Subcommittee Chairmen: House Armed Services

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | January 14, 2011

Jan. 14, 2011 - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon has selected members to serve as subcommittee chairpersons for the 112th Congress. Below is a list of the selections as well as their top contributions by interest group.

Air and Land ForcesConducts oversight of ammunition programs, Army and Air Force acquisition programs, all Navy and Marine Corps aviation programs, and National Guard and Army and Air Force National Guard and Reserve.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, Maryland

Defense Aerospace$27,500
Defense Electronics$19,500
Misc Defense$18,700
Health Professionals$14,150
Lawyers/Law Firms$11,250
Real Estate$10,250
Misc Business$8,850
Business Services$7,995
General Contractors$7,000

Military PersonnelResponsible for military personnel policy, reserve component integration and employment issues, military health care, military education, and POW/MIA issues. 

Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina

Health Professionals$88,750
Real Estate$78,776
Lawyers/Law Firms$47,250
Defense Aerospace$36,250
Business Services$30,200
General Contractors$28,750
Electric Utilities$28,150
Securities & Investment$26,650
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$26,250

Oversight and InvestigationsConducts studies and investigations across the jurisdiction of the House Armed Services Committee, including inquiries into allegations of waste, fraud, abuse, and wrongdoing and inefficiencies within the Department of Defense.

Rep. Rob Wittman, Virginia

Misc Defense$63,750
Real Estate$54,775
Defense Aerospace$47,500
Health Professionals$40,200
Defense Electronics$38,700
Banks and Credit$28,150
Lawyers/Law Firms$26,450
Special Trade Contractors$21,150
Food & Beverage$19,550

ReadinessResponsible for the single largest account within DOD’s budget. It oversees military readiness, training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and the BRAC process. It also oversees civilian personnel, energy security, and environmental issues that affect DOD.

Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia 

Misc Defense$40,850
Defense Aerospace$34,000
Real Estate$33,750
Banks and Credit$29,260
Defense Electronics$27,150
Beer, Wine & Liquor$23,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$22,100
Special Trade Contractors$22,000
Crop Production & Basic Processing$21,450

Seapower and Expeditionary ForcesHas oversight over the Navy and Marine Corps programs. Through its authorization for Navy and Marine Corps procurement and R&D programs, this subcommittee is committed to reversing the decline in the Navy battle force fleet, strengthening the naval air component, and providing the Marine Corps warfighter with essential equipment for combat operations.

Rep. W. Todd Akin, Missouri

Health Professionals$42,450
Misc Defense$39,600
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$34,950
Defense Aerospace$33,000
Defense Electronics$29,800
Construction Services$24,450
Misc Finance$17,000
Securities & Investment$15,200

Strategic ForcesOversees our nation’s strategic weapons, ballistic missile defense, space programs, and Department of Energy national security programs (excluding nonproliferation programs).

Rep. Michael Turner, Ohio 

Real Estate$47,125
Defense Electronics$36,000
Defense Aerospace$34,200
Misc Defense$27,800
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$19,300
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$18,450
Public Sector Unions$16,000
Securities & Investment$15,300
General Contractors$14,325

Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and CapabilitiesResponsible for overseeing counter-terrorism programs and initiatives and counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Additionally, this subcommittee oversees U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), information technology and programs, force protection policy and oversight, and related intelligence support.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, Texas

Defense Aerospace$50,300
Oil & Gas$47,725
Health Professionals$36,400
Defense Electronics$25,500
Crop Production & Basic Processing$23,100
Misc Finance$19,725
Real Estate$16,000
Banks and Credit$15,375
Misc Energy$13,200

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Nov 23, 2008 - Nov 22, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (

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