Heinrich On Ashton Carter’s Confirmation For Defense Secretary

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, questions Defense Secretary nominee Dr. Ashton Carter during his Tuesday confirmation hearing. ScreenShot/LADP

Scene from Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Defense Secretary nominee Dr. Ashton Carter. ScreenShot/LADP


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich voted to confirm Dr. Ashton Carter to be the next Department of Defense Secretary. The senate confirmed Carter by a vote of 93 to five.

“Dr. Carter’s science-based approach to issues will bring a unique ability to understand and navigate the myriad of national security challenges the United States and our allies must confront around the world, particularly in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, said Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “New Mexico’s military installations, testing ranges and national labs play a crucial role in our national security goals, especially in nuclear deterrence and nonproliferation. During the confirmation hearing, I was pleased to hear that Dr. Carter is committed to continue investment in our national labs to ensure their long-term viability.”

Heinrich added, “Dr. Carter’s expertise as a physicist gives him an informed perspective on the services New Mexico’s defense installations and labs provide, and his vast experience at the Department of Defense makes him no stranger to the many issues we face to keep our country safe. If confirmed, I look forward to working with Dr. Carter to address today’s challenges as well as utilizing New Mexico’s unique resources to contribute to our collective national security mission.”