WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria secured a seat on the House Committee on Homeland Security, where she will bring an experienced military voice and perspective to security issues facing our nation.
“As a 20-year Navy veteran, I am honored to join the House Committee on Homeland Security,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Especially in light of recent events, I look forward to using my experience to improve oversight and management of our federal response to domestic threats.”
A veteran of deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Congresswoman Luria’s served at sea on six ships as a nuclear-trained Surface Warfare Officer and culminated her 20-year Navy career by commanding a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Congresswoman Luria was one of the first women in the Navy’s nuclear power program and among the first women to serve the entirety of her career on combatant ships.
The House Committee on Homeland Security has jurisdiction over matters related to national defense. It has six subcommittees on transportation and maritime security; emergency preparedness, response, and recovery; border security, facilitation, and operations; cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, and innovation; oversight, management, and accountability; and, intelligence and counterterrorism. The Committee was created in 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks and at the recommendation of the subsequent 9/11 Commission Report.
Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Homeland Security.