The Biden administration is possibly looking at former Congressman Pat Murphy (D-Bucks) for the position of Army Secretary.
Politico first revealed the consideration in its Morning Defense newsletter. The media company reported Biden was waiting until the confirmation of Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense to nominate other positions. The Senate confirmed Austin Friday afternoon, though the other nominations remain unannounced.
This is the second time rumors have circulated surrounding Biden’s consideration of Murphy. Reports from last November indicated the President-elect was looking into Murphy for the next Veterans Affairs secretary.
Biden’s administration ended up instead choosing Denis McDonough to lead the VA.
Murphy served Bucks for two terms, from 2007 to 2011. He unseated the late Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) in the 2006 election, though Fitzpatrick later reclaimed the seat in 2010.
In part, Murphy ran on his experience as a veteran who volunteered to serve after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was the first veteran of the Iraq War elected to the House.
In 2015, former President Barack Obama nominated Murphy for Under Secretary of the Army. The Senate confirmed him in December the same year.
Shortly thereafter, Murphy filled the role of Acting Secretary of the Army for five months. After the confirmation of Eric Fanning, Murphy returned to his role as Under Secretary.