[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/02/art.scottbrown.0302.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. Scott Brown was named to three Senate committees on Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - Newly-elected Sen. Scott Brown will sit on three powerful Senate committees, his office announced Tuesday.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell assigned Brown, who won his Massachusetts Senate seat in a special election in January, to the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security and Veterans' Affairs Committees.
"We are currently involved in two wars, and these committees are critical in keeping our country safe, as well as protecting the men and women who defend us," Brown said in a statement. "It is equally important that the men and women in uniform receive the care and benefits they have earned through their selfless service."
Brown is a Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard, where he has served for 30 years.