Saratoga: Today, Former Secretary of the Army and North Country Congressman John McHugh endorsed Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for re-election to Congress. Like Stefanik, McHugh was a member of the influential House Armed Services Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“Throughout Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s three terms serving the North Country in Congress, she has proven herself as an extremely effective advocate and fighter for the North Country and particularly for the men and women stationed at Fort Drum and their families,” said Secretary McHugh. “Her leadership, as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, to counter foreign aggression from China and Russia along with her prioritization of force protection and military readiness has made our troops at Fort Drum safer and better prepared. Her focus on military families and spousal support has made our community stronger and makes her the clear choice for re-election to continue serving the North Country.

“She also worked hard to ensure Fort Drum received the preferred designation for a future East Coast Missile Defense Site — a critical result for our region and an effort that I started during my time in Congress. As the former Secretary of the Army and Representative of this region, I know firsthand what kind of leadership is needed to represent Fort Drum and all NY-21 constituents. Elise Stefanik has demonstrated her leadership through her proven record of results and we need her in Congress. She has my full support.”

“I am honored and grateful to earn the full endorsement and support of former Secretary and Congressman John McHugh for my re-election campaign,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “As the former Representative of the North Country, John McHugh knows the unique challenges and priorities of our district — particularly those of our brave men and women stationed at Fort Drum. John knows that I will always be the number one advocate for our troops, military families, and force protection. It is an honor to continue his legacy and effective work in Congress.”