Rep. Don Bacon has been selected as a new member of the House Homeland Security Committee,  and the retired Air Force brigadier general will take a seat on its cybersecurity and infrastructure protection subcommittee.

"Don's nearly 30 years in the Air Force and his experience in cybersecurity and airborne reconnaissance will prove beneficial to the committee," Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas said Wednesday.

Bacon, metropolitan Omaha's first-term congressman, said his new role will "echo the work already being done in Nebraska's 2nd District," including research conducted by the University of Nebraska.

University President Hank Bounds said research in national security and defense is one of the university's highest priorities.

"Congressman Bacon has been a great partner and we look forward to working closely with him to advance our shared goal of strengthening national security to keep our nation and war fighters safe," Bounds said.

Bacon left the Small Business Committee to accept the new assignment and will continue to serve on the Agriculture Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

The Homeland Security Committee crafts legislation that seeks to protect the nation from attacks, both foreign and domestic, secures U.S. borders and prevents cyberattacks, Bacon said. He'll also be a member of its border and maritime security subcommittee. 

Bacon said he was asked by House leadership and McCaul to join the committee because of his military experience in intelligence and electronic warfare.

Bacon is a Republican candidate for re-election to a second term in 2018; former Rep. Brad Ashford, whom Bacon unseated in 2016, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the House seat next year.

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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