Pelosi Statement on President-elect Biden Nomination of General Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense

December 8, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President-elect Joe Biden nominated former commander of U.S. Central Command Retired General Lloyd Austin to serve as Secretary of Defense:

“President-elect Joe Biden has selected a highly qualified and widely respected leader in nominating General Lloyd Austin for Secretary of Defense.

“With over forty years of decorated Army service, General Austin brings a great understanding of the challenges facing our nation’s defense and a deep appreciation for the sacrifice of our military heroes and their families.  His leadership as a former Commander of CENTCOM makes him particularly well-positioned to lead during this precarious moment, as we work to bring our troops home safely from Afghanistan, working with our allies and partners.

“General Austin has led with honor and served with dignity.  The Democratic House looks forward working with him to ensure the safety and security of the American people and our military as we confront the national security threats ahead.”