DAYTON, OH – Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) has been appointed to serve as the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence which went into effect Saturday. This appointment is historic because it marks the first time ever that the U.S. Representative for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has assumed a leadership role for a national security committee.
This appointment will allow Rep. Turner to further advocate for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, which is home of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), the Air Force’s primary source for foreign air and space threat analysis. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) oversees the nation’s intelligence community including portions of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State, Treasury and Energy. During his time in Congress, Turner has successfully added more than 10,000 jobs to the base, and it remains the largest single-site employer in the state of Ohio. In 2018, Turner helped expand the intelligence operations at Wright-Patt by working to secure $182 million in federal funding for construction of a new NASIC building on base. After the appointment, Turner and other key leaders released the following statements:
“The House Intelligence Committee's work is critical to our national security and this opportunity will further allow me to work closely with Wright-Patt to address our nation's security challenges. As the Ranking Member, I am committed to supporting the men and women in the Intelligence Community and I would like to thank Leader McCarthy for his confidence.” – Ranking Member Mike Turner
“I would like to congratulate Congressman Turner on this prestigious appointment. As the Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, he will increase his ability to protect the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) and National Space Intelligence Center (NSIC) at Wright-Patterson. It will also give him more clout over many Wright-Patterson and defense issues because intelligence is an increasingly important part of national defense.” – Jeff Hoagland, President & CEO, Dayton Development Coalition
“Having Rep. Turner as the lead Republican of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee is great for our nation, Ohioans, and the Miami Valley because of our large military population. His expertise in national security policy, I feel, made him the obvious choice for this position and I’m excited to see his what his leadership and talent will bring to this committee.” –Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commissioner and President of County Commissioners Association of Ohio
"Rep. Turner's appointment to be the ranking member on the U. S. House Intelligence Committee is wonderful news for Dayton region, and the country as a whole. The expertise and leadership he has shown in working on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees in the past have been a boon to WPAFB and the other military installations in Ohio. His leadership on this committee is vital to maintaining our nation's security." –Dick Gould, President, Greene County Board of Commissioners
“Congressman Turner’s commitment to this country is unwavering. Throughout his long tenure on the Intelligence Committee, Mike established himself as a national security leader and ardent supporter of truth. Mike’s leadership of the committee will continue the great work of Congressman Nunes who has led the committee with integrity. Every American committed to the security and safety of this country should be well-assured of Congressman Turner’s leadership of the House Intelligence Committee.” –U.S. House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)
Background: Turner is Dayton’s first congressional leader to serve in a leadership role on a national security committee in the House of Representatives. Congressman Turner has served on the House Intelligence Committee since 2018, and currently serves as a ranking member of the Intelligence Modernization and Readiness (INMAR) Subcommittee. You can learn more about the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence by visiting http://intelligence.house.gov or clicking here.