Senator Martha McSally proudly represents the people of Arizona in the United States Senate.
Before she was sworn in as a U.S. Senator in January 2019, Martha previously represented Arizona’s second congressional district for four years in the United States House of Representatives. Martha serves on the following Senate Committees: Armed Services; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Energy and Natural Resources; Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.
Prior to serving in Congress, Senator McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full Colonel. During her 26-year military career, she deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals. She broke barriers for women and girls everywhere — becoming not only the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter jet in combat— but the first woman to command a fighter squadron in combat in United States history.
Martha was deployed to Saudi Arabia on 9/11 and was a part of the leadership team that planned and executed the initial air campaign in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. She also oversaw combat search and rescue operations over Southern Iraq and Afghanistan as well as counter-terrorism operations in Africa.
When Martha’s not working to secure our borders, support our veterans, and lower healthcare costs, she can be found outdoors running and hiking with her golden retriever rescue, Boomer. She is also an accomplished triathlete and has set out to become the first U.S. Senator to hike the 800-mile Arizona trail.
Martha is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. She received her first master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She earned her second from the United States Air War College, where she graduated first in her class of 261 senior military officers.
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