• Full name
    John M. McHugh

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    Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY)
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  • Current Position
    Current Position:
    Secretary of the United States Army
  • Organization
    United States Army

  • Bio

    Mr. John M. McHugh was sworn in as the 21st Secretary of the Army on Sept. 21, 2009, following his
    nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate.

    As Secretary of the Army, he has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United
    States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons
    systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management. Secretary McHugh is
    responsible for developing and implementing the Department of the Army’s annual budget, and leads a
    work force of more than 1 million active duty, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, and
    250,000 Department of the Army civilian employees. He has stewardship over 13 million acres of

    At the time of his appointment as Secretary of the Army, Mr. McHugh was a sitting member of
    Congress representing Northern and Central New York. During his nine terms in the U.S. House of
    Representatives, he earned a reputation as a staunch advocate for Soldiers and their Families,
    working tirelessly to ensure they have proper facilities, training, and the quality of life
    necessary to carry out wartime missions while caring for those at home.

    As a Member of Congress, Mr. McHugh served as the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services
    Committee (HASC) with responsibility to oversee the policies and programs for the Department of
    Defense and each of the Armed Forces. Before becoming Ranking Member, Congressman McHugh was first
    the Chairman of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Panel and then Chairman and later Ranking Member
    of the Committee's Subcommittee on Military Personnel. Mr. McHugh also served as a senior member of
    the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and for six years as the Chairman of the
    Subcommittee on the Postal Service that significantly reformed the Postal Service. From 1997 to
    2004, Mr. McHugh was a member of the House International Relations Committee. Subsequently, from
    2005 to 2009, he served on the House Perma- nent Select Committee on Intelligence. Mr. McHugh was
    also a 14-year member of the United States Military Academy Board of Visitors. At the time of his
    nomination, Mr. McHugh was co-chair of the House Army Caucus, a bipartisan organization that works
    to educate fellow House Members and their staffs about Army issues and programs.

    Secretary McHugh was born in Watertown, New York, where he began his public service career in 1971
    as the Confidential Assistant to the City Manager. In 1976, he joined the staff of New York State
    Senator H. Douglas Barclay, with whom he served as Chief of Research and Liaison with local
    governments for nine years. Succeeding Senator Barclay in 1984, Mr. McHugh served four terms in the
    legislature’s upper house before his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.

    Mr. McHugh received a B.A. in Political Science from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1970, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York’s Nelson A. Rockefeller
    Graduate School of Public Affairs in 1977.