On March 14, 2012, Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, delivered a keynote address on sustaining a strong, robust American military in a perilous 21st century security environment. Chairman McKeon previewed his priorities for the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, the bill which provides funding for the Armed Forces, highlight the challenges in crafting a strong national defense in austere times,and offer his interpretation of how President Reagan’s “Peace through Strength” applies in today’s globalized community.
U.S Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon is a champion of a strong national defense, the men and women of America’s Armed Forces and their families, easing the nation’s national debt, and returning fiscal discipline to the Department of Defense.
McKeon was selected by his peers to serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the 112th Congress. He was first named Ranking Member of the Committee in June 2009.
As Armed Services Committee Ranking Member, McKeon fought to strengthen our military and invest in a force postured to meet the challenges of the 21st century, while working to provide the necessary resources for America’s sons and daughters in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also led efforts to keep terrorist detainees off of U.S. soil, boost funding for missile defense, and restore the tradition of passing defense authorization bills devoid of controversial social items.
Before coming to Congress in 1992, McKeon served on the William S. Hart Union High School District Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1987. During that time, the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated and its citizens selected McKeon as a member of the City Council.
It was during the council’s first meeting that its members selected McKeon as Santa Clarita’s first mayor. During his tenure on the City Council, Santa Clarita expanded its sheriff’s and parks programs and earned a reputation as one of the safest cities in America.