WASHINGTON D.C. (Office of Ralph Abraham) - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., wrote a letter to President Donald Trump pitching Louisiana as the future headquarters for the new United States Space Command.
Abraham said that Louisiana is the prime location for Space Command’s headquarters given that the state has existing relationships with the military and NASA.
“Should you select Louisiana as the headquarters for Space Command, you can rest assured that you will have picked a state that is open for investment and one that has unique qualities ideally suited to support Space Command’s growth and development,” Abraham wrote. “I look forward to working with you on seeing Space Command to the finish line as we take the next step in America’s rich and vibrant history of space exploration and development.”
In his letter, Abraham highlighted Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base as a great opportunity to help launch Space Command as plans for the new military branch require that it first develop within the Air Force.
He also pointed to Louisiana’s Michaud Assembly Facility’s long history of working with NASA to support the Space Program. The facility’s involvement with space exploration dates to the Apollo Program.
Louisiana also has two space grant universities, Louisiana Tech and LSU, that could provide support to Space Command.
Abraham has Congressional expertise in the matters of both the military and space. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he served as a subcommittee chairman on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
“Representative Abraham is finally admitting what everyone knows to be true—Louisiana is a great place to do business under Governor John Bel Edwards," said Eric Holl, spokesman for Gov. Edwards. "Louisiana would be a perfect fit for Space Command HQ, just like it’s been a perfect fit for technology and aerospace companies like DXC Technologies and Kopter. Louisiana's economy is larger than ever before and it's due to our bipartisan work to move Louisiana in the right direction, as well as our skilled, passionate, and hardworking people. Gov. Edwards' opponents have consistently tried to mislead the public about Louisiana's business climate, so it’s refreshing to see the Congressman acknowledge reality in this effort to bring more business to Louisiana."