- Full nameJohn M. McHugh
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- Please list your University and school/program.School:Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY)
- Please enter the degree awarded by your school.Degree:MPA
- Current PositionCurrent Position:Secretary of the United States Army
- OrganizationOrganization:United States Army
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.