Rep. Calvert Statement on Secretary of Defense James Mattis

December 21, 2018
Press Release

Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) issued the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense James Mattis:


“Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a patriot who has dedicated his life to serving our great nation. Like all Americans, I am forever grateful for the many sacrifices and selfless actions throughout his military and civilian service.


On the battlefield, Secretary Mattis has few peers. Simply put, he will go down in history as one of the finest American generals of all time. Secretary Mattis possesses an unrivaled ability to inspire those under his command. He also has a clear-eyed view on what motivates our adversaries and what is required to defeat them. 


Throughout his distinguished career spanning multiple administrations, Secretary Mattis presented his superiors with frank and honest counsel – even if it was a point of view they didn’t want to hear. That’s exactly the type of leadership and integrity we need to keep our nation safe.”