Obama announces McHugh as Army secretary to bipartisan praise (2nd update)

Betty Little

June 02, 2009

By NATHAN BROWN and JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writers, and JON HOCHSCHARTNER, Enterprise Intern POSTED: June 2, 2009
The Army's gain is expected to be the North Country's loss of a popular, centrist Republican representative who for 15 years has represented the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River.

John McHugh, who has represented most of the North Country in Congress since 1993, was nominated as secretary of the Army by President Barack Obama at noon Tuesday.

Obama said McHugh hasn't always agreed with him but has demonstrated "patriotism and pragmatism."

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