House Mates

By Marjorie Censer / January 8, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Just in time for a kick-off organizational meeting next week, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) is welcoming eight new Democrats to the panel.

The seven freshman Democrats joining the HASC are Reps. Glenn Nye of Virginia, Chellie Pingree of Maine, Larry Kissell of North Carolina, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Frank Kratovil of Maryland, Eric Massa of New York and Bobby Bright of Alabama, Skelton said in a statement.

Additionally, Skelton notes, Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island will return to the committee.

“It’s an honor to welcome these Members to the House Armed Services Committee, and I’m confident they will discover they have joined one of the best committees in Congress,” Skelton said .

The committee begins its work with a 10 a.m. organizational meeting on Jan. 14.