Senate Republicans on Tuesday announced their assignments for the powerful Armed Services Committee in the 114th Congress, packing the panel with freshmen lawmakers, many from military backgrounds.
The five GOP freshmen joining the panel include Sens.-elect Tom Cotton (Ark.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).
Cotton served in the Army during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ernst served in Iraq as a lieutenant colonel with the Iowa National Guard and will be the first female combat veteran in the Senate
Sullivan was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Meanwhile, Tillis and Rounds represent states with major military installations.