Florida U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park and Tom Rooney of Okeechobee have joined the board overseeing the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

The two Florida members of Congress were appointed in May to congressional seats on the academy’s Board of Visitors, in many ways the equivalent of a Florida university’s board of trustees.

The board held its first meeting since their appointments on Monday, with Murphy and Rooney in attendance.

The U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors keeps an eye on and considers the morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the academy.

Rooney, a Republican, and Murphy, a Democrat, were both appointed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. Both have indefinite terms. They join the board’s chair, U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand of New York, and U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas, and six presidential appointees.

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