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Jun 22, 2012 12:33 PM

Barber appointed to Armed Services, Homeland Security committees

TUCSON - Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Ron Barber has been appointed to two House committees with implications in Arizona: 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," Barber said today. "I thank my colleagues in the House for helping me take the voices of my constituents to these two crucial committees. 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."

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also served on the Committee on Armed Services during her tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. A news release from Barber's office states this appointment is important because Southern Arizona is home to two major military installations: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson and the Ft. Huachuca Army base in Sierra Vista.

The House Committee on Homeland Security oversees the Department of Homeland Security, which includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, two agencies vital in the security of Arizona's southern border.

Rep. Barber will hold his first "Congress on Your Corner" event tomorrow morning, where he will meet with constituents on issues, concerns and problems involving the federal government.

"This event is the first of many I will hold so that I can be accessible to all of my constituents throughout Southern Arizona," Barber said today. "I will not become isolated in Washington. My work at the Capitol will be influenced by what I hear and learn here in Arizona."

The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m at the Safeway located at 5548 E. Grant Road.

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