Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe has been chosen to replace John McCain as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, KFOR reported.
McCain died late last month after a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement about Inhofe's new role:
“Jim Inhofe filled in for Sen. McCain during a difficult year. He rose to the occasion and helped lead the committee in passing crucial legislation that honored the example of his predecessor and the volunteers who defend our nation,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “He possesses rich experience on the committee, including decades of work on behalf of American service members as well as his own military service.”
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford also weighed in:
“Our national defense is a constitutional responsibility that we cannot take lightly,” said Lankford. “Senator Inhofe is the best person to step into this role to head this vital Senate committee. Senator Inhofe’s experience and passion for the men and women in our Armed Forces have prepared him well to serve in this role. I’m grateful for his leadership, his love for Oklahoma, and his friendship. I know he will serve this committee, our nation, and our state well.”
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