Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Appointed To Lead Key Border Subcommittee

February 16, 2016
Press Release

TUCSON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today was appointed the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee on the Committee on Homeland Security. The influential assignment gives Rep. McSally the lead role on the subcommittee with primary jurisdiction over border security.

“I am pleased to announce Martha as the new Border and Maritime Subcommittee Chairman,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. “She will receive the position from Rep. Candice Miler who has served as the Subcommittee Chairman since 2010 and is retiring at the end of this Congress. Martha’s leadership as the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee Chairman, her experience on the Border and Maritime Subcommittee, and her firsthand experience on the border make her a natural fit to succeed in this vital role. I have full confidence in Martha’s leadership abilities and I look forward to working closely with her as she inherits the gavel to this important subcommittee.”

“We have a fundamental responsibility to ensure the safety and security of our communities and residents. Yet, every day, our flawed border strategy is putting our citizens at risk,” said Rep. McSally. “I’ve spent countless hours meeting with border residents and agents along the border to hear their perspectives. I’ve witnessed and experienced the dangerous consequences of our unsecure border first-hand. With those insights, I’ve worked hard to develop a smarter border strategy that uses intelligence-driven operations and all assets in a nimble way to intercept and stop transnational criminal organizations. I’m honored to be appointed to lead this subcommittee, which is so important to Southern Arizona, and will continue to work to highlight the threats our residents face and establish a better border strategy.”

“Thanks to Congresswoman McSally, the situation along the border here is as good as it's been in 25 years,” said Southern Arizona rancher John Ladd. “Since taking office and before, she's made this a prime issue and put in more time with border residents and agents than elected officials before her. She understands the significance of a secure border to Southern Arizona, and I look forward to her continued leadership on this issue in her new role.”

Rep. McSally, who is the first representative from Southern Arizona and first freshman to chair the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, has made border security a top focus since she took office. Her actions on border security so far include:

  • Getting a bill signed into law to fast-track veterans for jobs at the border;  
  • Including legislation that passed the House to improve the accountability of border technology projects;
  • Bringing over 20 Members of Congress to Southern Arizona to see the border first-hand and hear from local residents;
  • Introducing legislation to increase penalties on cartel spotters;
  • Introducing a bill requiring a mile-by-mile threat assessment of the southern border;
  • Introducing legislation to save resources and Border Patrol man hours;
  • And leading a bipartisan effort to call for legislation to secure the border to be brought for a vote in the House.