Butterfield Statement on Historic Confirmation of Lloyd J. Austin, III as Secretary of Defense

Jan 22, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement on the historic confirmation of President Joe Biden’s nominee, retired U.S. Army General Lloyd J. Austin, III who will serve our Nation as the first African American Secretary of Defense:

“I am proud to congratulate Lloyd J. Austin, III on his confirmation to serve as Secretary of Defense for the United States of America. Secretary Austin’s vast experience, years of command leadership in the U.S. Army, and commitment to our Nation’s defense are the exact qualifications that our nation needs in a Secretary of Defense. This historic confirmation is especially noteworthy, as Secretary Austin is now the first African American to serve in this highly esteemed position.

“General Austin and his wife, Charlene, are family friends of many years.  Charlene’s parents and grandparents were my neighbors in Wilson, North Carolina.  Secretary and Mrs. Austin have been a perfect example of a military family who unselfishly serve our Nation and I have no doubt they will carry that same commitment to service into the Pentagon.

“I look forward to the great work to come from Secretary Austin. Congratulations to our country’s new Secretary of Defense—Lloyd J. Austin, III.”