Wilson Statement on Chairman McKeon's Retirement

Jan 16, 2014
Press Release

House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel Chairman Joe Wilson (SC-02) released the following statement after House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon announces his retirement at the end of the 133th Congress. 

“When I was elected to Congress in 2001, Chairman Buck McKeon was one of the first colleagues to offer his friendship and welcome me to Washington. For the past twelve years, I have had the privilege of serving alongside of him and under his leadership on the Education and the Workforce and the Armed Services Committees. 

“Chairman McKeon is a true champion for our brave men and women in uniform.  His dedicated service to our Armed Forces deserves immense recognition.  The unwavering commitment displayed over the years to better the lives of our military personnel, veterans, and military families knows no bounds. 

“Since becoming Chairman, our fearless leader has endured significant challenges. Our military’s readiness and capabilities were tested through military sequestration.  The growing reports of sexual assault and misconduct threatened our troops safety.  Veterans’ earned benefits were placed on the potential chopping block in order to reduce spending. Chairman McKeon confronted each of these challenges with resolve and continually fought for the best interests of those who selflessly serve our nation, our military families and our veterans.  His guidance and leadership will be sorely missed.

“Following his retirement from the United States Congress, I wish Chairman Buck McKeon and his wife, Patricia, all the best in their future endeavors. There is no doubt that the future Representative from California’s 25th Congressional District will have very big shoes to fill,” Congressman Wilson said.