House Speaker John Boehner’s selection of seven Republicans on a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic staff members in September 2012 reveals a mix of male and female lawmakers who bring a variety of experience and political power to the table.
The committee, which is being led by Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., includes Republican Reps. Susan Brooks, Indiana; Jim Jordan, Ohio; Mike Pompeo, Kansas; Martha Roby, Alabama; Peter Roskam, Illinois; and Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia, reports The Washington Post.
Boehner announced the committee earlier on Friday, including a message on Twitter inviting Americans to “meet your majority members.”
Westmoreland, a building construction executive, is the only member of the committee who is not an attorney by trade.
Out of the group, four are fairly new lawmakers. Gowdy, Pompeo, and Roby were elected to the House during the Republicans’ sweep in 2010, and Brooks is a freshman representative who was elected in 2012.
“This investigation is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people,” Boehner said in a statement, reports The Hill.
“These members have each demonstrated a commitment to this goal, and I have confidence that they will lead a serious, fact-based inquiry. As I have expressed to each of them, I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi.”