Luria gets seat on Armed Services Committee

Elaine Luria (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Elaine Luria for Congress)
Elaine Luria (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Elaine Luria for Congress)

NORFOLK — Newly-elected Congresswoman Elaine Luria will sit on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.

Luria’s office announced the appointment Tuesday.

The former Navy commander represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District along the state’s coast. It is home to world’s largest Navy base in Norfolk and various other military installations in Virginia Beach and other cities.

The 2nd district includes Accomack and Northampton counties, portions of York County, and the cities of Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and parts of the cities of Norfolk and Hampton.

The committee oversees defense policy and military personnel, among other issues.

Luria graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent 20 years in the Navy.

Last fall, Luria defeated Republican Congressman Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL. He held the seat for one term.

During an interview with Southside Daily following her victory, Luria said she viewed her election as a referendum on Taylor’s behavior and voting record — not necessarily on President Donald Trump.

More than anything, Luria said it was Taylor’s support of the 2017 tax bill and his ambivalence about providing health care to people with preexisting conditions that turned voters off.

“I think I could add value to the Armed Services Committee, with 20 years of service to the U.S. Navy,” Luria said. She also expressed interest in working with committees involved in transportation, appropriations, or sea-level rise resiliency efforts.

Luria was among the wave of Democrats who flipped congressional seats across the U.S. and regained control of the House of Representatives.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.