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Posted Jun 22, 2012, 7:43 am
New U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has been appointed to two powerful House committees: Armed Services and Homeland Security.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to work on two committees that oversee many issues that affect the people I represent in Southern Arizona," the Democrat said in a press release Friday.
"I am eager to get to work on behalf of Southern Arizona's military installations and military families and continue to work to secure our border," he said.
Word of the appointments circulated Thursday morning, but Barber's committee assignments were not confirmed by his office until Friday.
Barber was sworn in this week after winning a special election to replace Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona's 8th Congressional District.
The district includes Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson and the Army's Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, and is near the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Fighter Wing's base at Tucson International Airport.
It also includes 114 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The Homeland Security Committee oversees that federal department, which includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, among other agencies.
Giffords and Barber were both shot in the Jan. 8, 2011 assassination attempt on the former congresswoman that claimed the lives of six and wounded 13, including Giffords and her former district director, now successor.
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The shooting took place at a "Congress On Your Corner" meet-and-greet with constituents, on a Saturday morning at a Safeway on the Northwest Side.
Barber has slated a similar for Saturday morning at the Safeway store at 5548 E. Grant Rd., from 9-10:30.
"This event is the first of many I will hold so that I can be accessible to all of my constituents," Barber said in a news release Thursday.
"I will not become isolated in Washington. My work at the Capitol will be influenced by what I hear and learn here in Arizona," he said.
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