WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today was named the new Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces after a vote of the committee’s Democratic members. Langevin will replace former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher, who was recently confirmed as the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

“It is an honor to be chosen by my colleagues to continue the great work of my colleague Ellen Tauscher,” said Langevin. “I look forward to addressing the critical national security issues facing the subcommittee, from nuclear non-proliferation efforts to our space and missile defense programs.”

The Strategic Forces Subcommittee has jurisdiction over ballistic missile defense including the National Missile Defense shield; the Department of Energy’s defense capabilities and all nuclear weapons; space programs; and intelligence policy and national programs including the Defense Intelligence Agency

Langevin returned to the House Armed Services Committee in January and has taken a leave of absence from the Homeland Security Committee. He also serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on the Budget.