Forbes also interested in Seapower chairmanship

Yesterday I wrote that U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Westmoreland County, was interested in the chairing the Seapower and Projection Forces subcomittee of the House Armed Services, a panel with oversight of military shipbuilding and the nation's naval shipyards.

It turns out he's not the only Hampton Roads lawmaker expressing interest.

Randy Forbes, R-Chesapeake, who also serves on House Armed Services, and who like Wittman is a subcommittee chair, would also like to replace outgoing Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, according to POLITICO.

Ultimately the decision rests with Buck McKeon, the California Republican and HASC chairman, but Forbes has one advantage. He outranks Wittman when it comes to seniority.

If either lawmaker is picked it'd be a welcome development at the nation's largest naval shipyard, Newport News Shipbuilding

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