Worries were eased Wednesday that last year’s congressional elections cost Hampton Roads and Virginia major clout over decisions about Navy and shipbuilding programs.
Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District was chosen to lead the Seapower and Force Projections Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. Committee chairman Mac Thornberry announced the appointment Wednesday.
Wittman, a Westmoreland County Republican, replaces former Rep. Randy Forbes of Chesapeake as the subcommittee’s chairman after Forbes lost in a GOP primary last year. Forbes and his supporters warned that his defeat could mean the loss of the critical legislative post.
The subcommittee oversees most Navy and Marine Corps programs. As chairman, Wittman will lead efforts to adopt a Navy spending plan and set policies that directly affect the state’s defense industrial base.