Editor’s Note: This is an opinion column.
By Paul DeMarco
With the start of August and the closing days of summer soon approaching, we are getting close to the 90-day count down to the fall general elections.
The mid-terms look favorable for Republicans nationally and could result in the House of Representatives flipping parties.
If the GOP does indeed take over the leadership of the House, that will bode well for Alabama as there are two Congressmen from the state who will be in line for powerful positions.
First, Representative Mike Rogers is poised to take over as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. A powerful chair that puts him in a position to determine the direction of the country’s military for the future. This will also put him in a role that will be the envy of other states with the large number of military bases that call Alabama home. In addition, with the new U.S. Space Command looking like it may land in Alabama, Congressman Rogers will be leading the committee that will ensure the command will best fully equipped to defend against adversaries of the United States.
Secondly, Representative Robert Aderholt will again serve as one of the most influential Congress members holding the purse strings to fund the government. Specifically, he could be chairing the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee over Commerce, Justice, and Related Agencies, which includes NASA under its jurisdiction. But, again, this is a position that few other leaders in the House ever reach.
If the voters around the country put the GOP in charge of the U.S. House, Alabama leaders could soon be in some of the most prestigious positions in the Nation’s Capitol.
Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives and can be found on Twitter at @Paul_DeMarco.