Sen. Jim Inhofe will replace John McCain as chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
According to news outlets in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced from the Senate floor that Inhofe will officially replace McCain.
Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, has been in U.S. Senate since 1994 and has been a support of President Donald Trump.
McCain, who died Aug. 29, was a vocal opponent of Trump's.
Sen. James Lankford, the junior senator from Oklahoma, issued the following statement:
Our national defense is a constitutional responsibility that we cannot take lightly,” said Lankford. “Senator Inhofe is the best person to step into this role to head this vital Senate committee. Senator Inhofe’s experience and passion for the men and women in our Armed Forces have prepared him well to serve in this role. I’m grateful for his leadership, his love for Oklahoma, and his friendship. I know he will serve this committee, our nation, and our state well.
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