U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., announced on Thursday that he is staying on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

The First Coast congressman said he will serve on the U.S. House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations, the Homeland Security Appropriations and the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittees.

“I am incredibly pleased to learn today that I will be able to continue serving my constituents on the Appropriations Committee,” said Rutherford. “During my time on the committee, it’s been an honor to support successful federal projects across the country and help secure hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for Northeast Florida. I remain committed to safeguarding taxpayer dollars, eliminating waste, and working in a bipartisan way to support our nation’s priorities.”

A former law enforcement official, Rutherford served three terms as Duval County sheriff. In 2016, he was first elected to Congress. Two years later, Rutherford was named to the Appropriations Committee.

Rutherford represents all of Nassau County and parts of Duval and St. Johns Counties.


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