McHugh Becomes Secretary Of The Army, Resigns Congressional Seat

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Former north country Congressman John McHugh is officially the new Secretary of the Army.

President Barack Obama signed the warrant officially completing the paper work for the 60 year old congressman to take the post.

McHugh then formally resigned his position as the representative of the 23rd Congressional District and was formally sworn in as the Army Secretary at the Pentagon at 11 a.m. Monday.

President Obama named McHugh to the Army's top civilian spot in June.

But his nomination was blocked by the two Kansas senators over the prospect of Guantanamo detainees being sent to their home state.

They lifted their opposition last week after discussions with administration officials led them to conclude the detainees would go elsewhere.
     
McHugh was on his 9th term representing the 23rd Congressional District and he was the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.

He joins another high-ranking Republican at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

New York Governor David Paterson will have to decide when he will call the special election in the 23rd Congressional District to fill McHugh's seat.

A vote is expected to coincide with the general election on November 3.

Army News Service article

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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