Golden Appointed to House Armed Services Committee
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) has been named to the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) for the 116th Congress. Golden, a Marine who served in two foreign wars, brings extensive combat and national security experience to his new post. Golden’s seat on the committee will allow him to fight for good jobs for thousands of Mainers, as well as ensure American troops have the resources they need to serve our country.
“I’m honored to fight for Maine’s working people and our soldiers, sailors, and airmen on the Armed Services Committee. I’ll use my experience fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan to make sure our servicemembers have the tools and training they need to succeed and keep us safe. I’ll stand up for working Maine people, protect good jobs right here in our state, and help businesses in the Second District grow and hire more Mainers. I’ll never forget that Bath-built is best-built.”
Golden’s post on the committee gives labor groups a stronger voice to help ensure that defense policy and contracts reward companies that treat their workers well. Golden has a close working relationship with unions working in the defense industry, like Machinists Local S6 in Bath. He will continue to push for fair wages, job security, and reliable benefits for working Mainers while ensuring the long-term success of facilities like Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
“We are pleased to learn that Jared Golden will be representing the state of Maine and its elite shipbuilders as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. This committee, among other duties, is responsible for the funding and oversight of the Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces. Jared’s background in the military, and previous leadership as a state legislator are attributes that will be a welcome addition to a committee that plays a crucial role in the shipbuilding industry.” - Mike Keenan, President, Machinists Local S6
HASC has a significant impact on job creation and economic growth in the Second District. Many workers at Bath Iron Works live in Maine’s Second Congressional District, and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is critical to the entire state’s economy. The district is also home to dozens of contractors, suppliers, and manufacturing companies that contribute to the national defense and provide good-paying jobs. Golden’s seat on the committee will allow him to work with those companies to expand their businesses and bring in more good-paying jobs to Maine.
The HASC assignment gives Golden substantial opportunities to deliver results for Maine people in the Second District, including:
- Supporting the critical national security mission of Bangor Air National Guard Base;
- Protecting hundreds of good-paying jobs in Aroostook County by ensuring the continued success of the Defense Finance and Accounting Services facility in Limestone.
- Advocating for the University of Maine system, which performs important research and support with funds provided by the National Defense Authorization Act;
- Promoting Maine’s precision manufacturing companies, such as Hunting Dearborn in Fryeburg, which manufactures parts for military aircraft and employs more than 250 Mainers.