From The Caucus at The New York Times:
Representative John Boehner, who takes over as Speaker of the House in the 112th Congress, named his appointees to the important House Intelligence Committee on Friday. They will join Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan, who had already been named committee chairman.
Besides with Mr. Rogers, five other Republicans will be returning to the committee: Representative Mac Thornberry of Texas; Representative Sue Myrick of North Carolina, Representative Jeff Miller of Florida; Representative Mike Conaway of Texas and Representative Peter King of New York.
The new members are Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota; Representative Joe Heck of Nevada; Representative Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey; Representative Devin Nunes of California; Representative Tom Rooney of Florida and Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.
Serving on the committee can be challenging for those who enjoy chattering with the media, as Ms. Bachmann does. Committee members must remain silent about what they hear in their secure meetings; discussing those items can lead to expulsion. Members sign an oath of confidentiality before they are able to see classified information.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the most outspoken conservatives in the House, has won an appointment to the secretive House Intelligence Committee.
The move by incoming Speaker John Boehner to put Bachmann on the panel surprised Republican insiders, who see her as a fiery grass-roots leader of the tea party movement but not necessarily a leader on national security among House Republicans.
Bachmann once suggested that Congress should investigate whether Democratic lawmakers were pro- or anti-America, and she’s been a cable TV favorite because she’s known for colorful sound bites.
“If you’re looking for media and controversy, that’s not the committee to be on,” said a Republican familiar with the discussions about Bachmann’s appointment.