Tom Graves scores spot on defense spending panel

Graves, of Ranger, will serve on the defense and financial services appropriations subcommittees, in addition to chairing the subcommittee overseeing the legislative branch -- which makes him the most junior "cardinal" in the House.

First elected in a 2010 special election, Graves is now Georgia's top Republican on House appropriations, after the departure of Jack Kingston, who served on the defense subcommittee. Retired U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss served on the Armed Services Committee, but his replacement, David Perdue, did not get a slot there.

Here's what Graves has to say in a forthcoming press release:

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