WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has selected her to serve as the vice chair of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations. Created for the first time this Congress, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over military intelligence, special operations forces, counter-terrorism, efforts to stop the production and spread of weapons of mass destruction, and other sensitive military operations. Murphy, the only Florida Democrat currently serving on the House Armed Services Committee, previously worked as a national security specialist at the Department of Defense, where she served for a period in the office that oversees Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SOLIC).
“Floridians take pride in the role the state plays in defending our nation, and I am honored to be a voice for Florida on the Armed Services Committee,” said Murphy. “I am especially proud to have been named vice chair of the subcommittee that oversees America’s special operations forces, counter-terrorism units, and military intelligence professionals, who play such a vital role in keeping our country safe and free.”
Murphy’s role as vice chair of the Intelligence and Special Operations subcommittee is particularly important given Florida’s leading role when it comes to special operations. The state is home to U.S. Special Operations Command, located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, which oversees the special operations components of the various military services. In addition, U.S. Special Operations Command South is located in Homestead; U.S. Special Operations Command Central is located at MacDill; U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command is located at Hurlburt Field near Destin; the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group is located at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida; and there are joint special operations training centers located in Key West.
Murphy also sits in the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, which has jurisdiction over ground and aviation programs for the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy, as well as various National Guard and Reserve accounts. There are over 100,000 service members stationed in Florida, serving on active duty, in the reserves, or in the Florida National Guard, along with over 1.4 million military veterans.
This Congress, Murphy also continues to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over Medicare, Social Security, revenue, trade, and vital worker and family support programs like unemployment insurance. She sits on both the Subcommittee on Trade and the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support.