rep-ruben-gallego-d-arizRep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., a Marine Reserve veteran who served in Iraq, said Monday that while he is grateful for Mattis’ years of service in the Marine Corps, he believes doesn’t think the country’s military should be led by a former military member.

In response to  Donald Trump’s announcement that he will nominate General James  as Defense Secretary, Rep.   said in a released statement:

“As a fellow Marine, I greatly admire General James ‘ dedication and leadership. We all should be incredibly grateful for his many years of service to our nation.

“As a veteran, I believe strongly in the principle of civilian leadership of the military. Current law requires that a military officer be out of active duty for at least seven years before taking the job of defense secretary. I do not believe this long-standing check should be cast aside, and I will oppose a waiver of this rule, even for someone as exceptionally qualified as General .”

Gallego is not the only one who will oppose a waiver for Mattis. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee does not support granting an exception for Mattis and will vote against a waiver, according to the Washington Examiner.

Rep.   served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2000 to 2006 and deployed to Iraq with Lima 3/25. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

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