Republican Steve Knight was sworn into Congress today as the new House representative for California’s 25th District, replacing retiring Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon.
Knight, who had been a supporter of the space industry while serving in the California State Senate, has been appointed to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, whose responsibilities include NASA, FAA and other agencies.
He is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee.
The 25th district includes the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, which are heavily dependent on the aerospace and defense industries. The communities are located just south of Edwards Air Force Base. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works is located in Palmdale.
On Monday, Knight resigned from the California State Senate, where he had represented the 21st District.
Knight, who lives in Palmdale, is the son of the late William “Pete” Knight, who flew the X-15 and later represented the Antelope Valley in the California State Assembly and State Assembly.