U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced he was nominating former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense:
"Throughout his career Senator Chuck Hagel has proven to be a strong and independent leader. He valiantly defended our nation in Vietnam where he earned two Purple Hearts and in the senate served as a voice of pragmatism and principle. I look forward to speaking with Senator Hagel and considering his nomination."