Washington D.C.House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following statement in response Congressman Rob Andrews retirement:

“Congressman Andrews has been an integral part of the Armed Services Committee and his leadership, tenacity and expertise will be greatly missed. Rob has a depth of knowledge on a wide range of national security issues and regularly engaged in spirited debates. While he stood firmly behind his positions and his principles, he was also always cordial and respectful of his colleagues.

“As a member of Congress he was a relentless advocate for the people of New Jersey. As a private citizen, I am sure that will not change. He was also a staunch advocate for our troops as well as their families. He was a leader on the committee on nuclear non-proliferation issues, seeking to reduce the spread of nuclear weapons, particularly to terrorists.  He worked to save tax payer dollars by pushing the Department of Defense to improve its acquisition processes. In short, Rob found a way to lend his intelligence and commitment to some of the most important issues within the committee’s jurisdiction.

“In more than two decades of service, the list of Rob Andrews’ accomplishments could go on and the House Armed Services Committee will be a different place without him. As a friend, I will miss Rob’s colorful commentary and wise counsel. I wish him and his family the very best.