Rep. Loretta Sanchez named new head of terrorism, unconventional threats subcommittee

Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., has been selected as the new head of the U.S. House Armed Services terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities subcommittee.

Sanchez's new position comes as a result of the decision by Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, to leave Congress to run for governor. Abercrombie resigned his position as chairman of the air and land forces subcommittee and was replaced by Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.

Smith, the former chairman of the terrorism subcommittee, made way for Sanchez to take her new position on the terrorism panel. Smith was previously on the oversight and investigation subcommittee.

Sanchez has announced that she will work on preparing U.S. forces for biological warfare as well as cyber terrorism and nuclear proliferation and will assess U.S. counterterrorism strategies used against al-Qaida.

"I am honored that Chairman Skelton and my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee have entrusted me to serve as Chairwoman of the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities Subcommittee," Sanchez said. "I firmly believe that unconventional threats require unconventional solutions - solutions that I hope my colleagues and I can be a part of through our work with the DOD."

Sanchez has been a member of of the United States House of Representatives since 1997 and currently represents the 47th Congressional District of California in central Orange County.