WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Reps. John Carter, R-Round Rock, and Roger Williams, R-Austin, will take on some important roles in the recently sworn-in 115th Congress.

Both Congressmen represent portions of Fort Hood and its surrounding communities.

Carter was elected to the position of chairman of the subcommittee on Homeland Security, which appropriates all funding for the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies.

“It is a great honor to represent Central Texans in the House of Representatives and to be elected by my peers to serve in this important position,” Carter said. “I bring common sense Texas values to the appropriations process and, as chairman of the subcommittee on Homeland Security, I will continue to be a stalwart for our nation’s security, for the taxpayers’ money and for the people that work every day to ensure we remain safe.”

Carter is also a member of the Republican Steering Committee. It was announced Wednesday he would be a member of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and the Appropriations Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee.

Williams, a member of the Financial Services Committee, was appointed vice chairman of the subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. Williams, who served on the Financial Services Committee for the past two years, was appointed to the leadership role by committee chairman Congressman Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas.

“Rep. Williams has been an incredible asset to the Financial Services Committee due to his extensive firsthand knowledge in small business and understanding of how government impacts the private sector,” Hensarling said. “I am confident his leadership role on our committee will help us in our fight for economic opportunity for all.”

Williams, who spent more than 40 years in small business as an owner and operator, authored a tax reform plan, “Jumpstart America,” and introduced legislation to rein in overreaching — and often unaccountable — executive agencies since his election in 2012.

“I am excited to take on more responsibility in our committee as we work to create a pro-growth environment under the new Trump administration,” said Williams. “It’s time to roll back unnecessary, costly burdens on Main Street and give hardworking Americans the tools they need to succeed.”

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