McHugh, who was sworn in as the 21st secretary of the Army in 2009, oversees the Army’s $200 billion annual budget; more than 1.5 million soldiers, civilian employees, and contracted service workers; and more than 14 million acres of land.
At the time of his appointment, McHugh was in the U.S. House representing Northern and Central New York. During his nine terms in the House of Representatives, he advocated for soldiers and their families.
In Congress, McHugh served as the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, with responsibility to oversee the policies and programs for the Department of Defense and each of the Armed Forces. From 2005 to 2009, he served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.