LITTLE ROCK — On Friday, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, was named to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, was named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., said in a statement that Westerman, an engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, is “the perfect choice” for the committee.

“His first term proved he’s a thoughtful leader with innovative strategies. I know Bruce will play an important role on this committee while continuing his good work on the Budget and Natural Resources committees,” Ryan said.

Westerman said in a statement, “Transportation and infrastructure are issues of vital importance to the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas. … We must work to improve maintenance along the 4th District’s navigational channels, find a permanent solution for funding our roads and bridges, and protect our important pipeline and railroad infrastructure.”

Crawford was named to the committee charged with oversight of the national intelligence community. He said Friday in a statement:

“As the nature of threats against the United States continues to evolve, so too must the work of our national security community to defend against those threats. I’m honored to join my colleagues on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and I look forward to contributing to its crucial mission.”