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National Guard Caucus Welcomes Ryan as Co-Chairman

Washington, DC - The House National Guard and Reserve Caucus today announced that Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) will serve as Co-Chairmen of the caucus and continue bipartisan leadership during the 116th Congress.

"I am proud to continue serving as the Co-Chairman of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus. I look forward to working alongside Congressman Tim Ryan who is our newest Co-Chair," said Palazzo. "As a current member of the Mississippi National Guard, it is my personal duty to ensure that every Guardsman and Reservist has an ever present voice in Congress. I will continue working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure we provide the necessary funding, equipment and resources for those who are ready to defend our homeland on a moment's notice." 

“I’m honored to serve as the Co-Chairman of the National Guard and Reserve Caucus. As Ohio’s 13th district is home to Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Ravenna, I understand the importance of ensuring our Guardsman and Reservists all across the nation are given the proper tools and necessary funding to carry out their workI’m thankful for this opportunity to lead this caucus with Congressman Palazzo. Let’s get to work,” said Congressman Ryan. 

“Representative Ryan is an excellent choice to join Representative Palazzo as co-chairman of this caucus so important to the soldiers and airmen of the National Guard,” said retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson, the president of the National Guard Association of the United States. “He has long been a strong supporter of the Guard. He is familiar with the issues our forces face moving forward. And he has the respect of senior defense leaders. We look forward to working closely with two such dynamic and experienced legislators."

"The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) welcomes the entire 116th Congress and especially those who are affiliated with and committed to the National Guard and Reserve Caucus in the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Tim Ryan and Steven Palazzo," said retired Sgt. Maj. Frank Yoakum, the executive director of the EANGUS.  "The caucus has a history of achieving support for our Guard members and their families who live in every zip code in America. We look forward to partnering with Representatives Ryan and Palazzo as they lead the fight in the House, ensuring the Guard has the resources and manpower it needs to serve both in war and at home. United together we will advance bipartisan legislation that benefits our Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard."

Formed in 1996, the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus  was created to ensure that our National Guard and Reserve are sufficiently resourced to do their job both at home and abroad. Its mission is to ensure the Guard and Reserve have proper inputs on policy, procurement, force structure and utilization within the Department of Defense and Big Army.

The Caucus would also like to extend its sincerest thanks to outgoing Chairman Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN), who served as co-chair for the 114th and 115th Congresses.