The House Armed Services Committee’s point person on personnel issues won’t give up his subcommittee gavel during his newly announced run for the Senate.
Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., announced Monday his bid for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
Heck, a three-term congressman, highlighted his military service and deployment to Iraq in his announcement video, promising to make national security and veterans care key parts of his campaign.
He did not mention his work on the House committee, where he chairs the military personnel subcommittee. Heck was the committee’s key voice on military retirement reform in the annual defense authorization bill debate this spring, and has promised to take up military medical reform this fall.
Heck’s staff said the Senate run will not disrupt those plans, and he will continue in that leadership role on the committee during his campaign.
House rules do not require representatives to give up leadership posts during a run for other positions, but lawmakers will, on occasion, set aside those responsibilities to focus on their campaigns.