WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees, voted to confirm Dr. Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense. 

“Dr. Mark Esper has an extraordinary record of public service: from his time with the 101st Airborne Division ‘Screaming Eagles’ at Fort Campbell to serving as national security adviser for Majority Leader Bill Frist, and most recently as Secretary of the Army. An effective military requires strong leadership at the top. Dr. Esper is a decorated soldier, a qualified leader and an expert who will serve our servicemembers and our country well as Secretary of Defense.” – Senator Marsha Blackburn