New Congressional Task Force on National Defense
WASHINGTON—Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) today announced that he will co-chair the Blue Dog Coalition’s Task Force on National Defense. The task force will proactively promote a strong national defense, improve the lives of our service members and veterans, and ensure American global leadership.
“Our service members and veterans must have adequate resources to defend our country, our values, and our allies from the many threats we face both at home and abroad,” Congressman Gonzalez said.
The 15th District of Texas is home to more than 600 guardsmen, more than 34,000 veterans, and 780 service members, as well as two National Guard facilities and several defense equipment and parts manufacturers. The Congressional District also runs adjacent to several of the active duty and National Guard installations in South Texas, including Randolph Air Force Base – Joint Base San Antonio and Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi Army Depot, and Naval Air Station Kingsville, among others.
Congressman Gonzalez’s home state of Texas houses 15 major military installations and several defense manufacturers whose equipment is crucial to military operations around the world and whose facilities support the local economy. Nearly one in ten service members reside in the Lonestar State.
"I look forward to co-chairing the Blue Dog Task Force on National Defense with my colleague, Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois, and working with this task force to champion legislation that safeguards our nation and our allies,” Congressman Gonzalez said.
The task force’s mission is consistent with the Blue Dogs Coalition’s commitment to economic growth, job creation, and American leadership on the global stage. Fellow coalition members Congressmen Jim Cooper (D-TN), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) will serve as members of the the National Defense Task Force under the leadership of Co-chairs Gonzalez and Schneider.
Congressman Gonzalez is proud of his military background, having graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Business Administration. The Congressman’s father was a U.S. Merchant Marine who served honorably in the Korean War.