Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) was appointed today to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. The committee oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies including components of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State, Treasury and Energy. Rep. LaHood will be able to utilize his expertise on terrorism and finance to help advance the work of the House Intelligence Committee.

"It is a distinct honor to receive an appointment to the House Intelligence Committee," said Congressman LaHood. "As a former state and federal prosecutor, I've had the pleasure of interacting throughout my career with the men and women on the front lines of our intelligence community who keep America safe. The professionals who work in our intelligence community deserve Congressional leaders with the same commitment to protecting our nation. I look forward to working with my colleagues to help keep the American people safe and protect our nation from ongoing and emerging threats."

“As the Director of National Intelligence, I saw firsthand the incredible work that the men and women in the Intelligence Community do to protect our country. Having served with Congressman Darin LaHood in Congress, I know he will be an excellent addition to the House Intelligence Committee,” said Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. “In Congress, I worked with Darin on important national security issues and know that his experience in Congress and as a federal prosecutor will serve our intelligence community well.”

“Intelligence is the first line of defense in protecting our country against threats and foreign adversaries,” said Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). “Our civilian and military intelligence professionals do incredible work in gathering critical intelligence and deserve to have leaders on the Congressional intelligence committees who will match their level of dedication. I know that Darin will be up to that task. Under Ranking Member Devin Nunes’ leadership, House Intelligence Committee Republicans will continue to play a pivotal role in staying ahead of the Chinese Communist Party threat, and will help keep the American people safe against ongoing and emerging threats.” 

“I’m pleased to welcome Rep. LaHood to the Intelligence Committee. A former assistant U.S. attorney and prosecutor, Rep. LaHood has extensive experience that will greatly benefit the committee’s core oversight activities. He is an excellent addition to the team,” added Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Before coming to Congress, Rep. Darin LaHood worked as a state and federal prosecutor, as well as an assistant U.S. attorney where he was recognized by both the DOJ and FBI for his outstanding work in fighting terrorism as the Chief Terrorism Prosecutor. And since coming to Congress, he’s been an integral part of countering Chinese aggression on House Republicans’ China Task Force.