July 21, 2023

Duckworth Reaction to President Biden Tapping Admiral Lisa Franchetti as First Female Member of Joint Chiefs of Staff


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)—member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC)—issued the following statement after President Biden tapped Admiral Lisa Franchetti to lead the U.S. Navy, making her the first woman to serve as a member of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff if confirmed:

“This is an important, historic nomination for our military, national security and our entire nation. After serving as the Vice Chief of Naval Operations for years now, Admiral Lisa Franchetti is extraordinarily qualified and would bring extensive experience to the role if confirmed to be our Navy’s top officer. This barrier-breaking nomination to make her the first woman ever in our nation’s history to join the Joint Chiefs of Staff is well-deserved. If confirmed, her unique perspective will undoubtedly help make our military stronger. I hope to meet with her soon and look forward to considering her nomination.”

Duckworth is a former Army Blackhawk pilot who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years.