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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Vote Note H.R. 335 – Allowing Recently Retired Officers to Serve as Secretary of Defense: NO

January 21, 2021
Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 335 – Allowing Recently Retired Officers to Serve as Secretary of Defense: NO.  Federal law forbids recently retired officers from serving as Secretary of Defense for some very good reasons.  Civilian control of the military is a bulwark of our freedom.  I voted to suspend this law for James Mattis and it was a big mistake.  If general officers aspire to advancement in this manner, I am very concerned it will naturally politicize their acts to curry favor with whichever party they expect to be in power.  I have grown increasingly wary of inbred corporate culture within any bureaucracy and it is especially dangerous within an armed bureaucracy.