Washington (CNN) - An eight year veteran of the Senate Intelligence Committee has been named the new ranking Republican on the panel.
Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, was appointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday.
"It is a priority of mine to ask the tough questions to ensure that we continue disrupting plots from those who seek to do us harm, and that we are giving our intelligence community the tools and resources it needs to keep America safe," Chambliss said in a prepared statement.
Chambliss has opposed the Obama Administration's efforts to transfer terrorist detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States for trial in civilian courts. He has called it "nothing short of an invitation for al-Qa'ida to operate inside our homeland."
Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, congratulated Chambliss, saying she looked foward to working closely with him "as we seek bipartisan solutions to the issues facing the committee, including crafting and passing annual intelligence authorization bills and conducting detailed oversight of America's intelligence community."
Chambliss replaces Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri who retired from Congress and