Christine Wormuth
Christine Wormuth official portrait.jpg
25th United States Secretary of the Army
Assumed office
May 28, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyChristopher Lowman (acting)
Gabe Camarillo
SecretaryLloyd Austin
Preceded byJohn E. Whitley (acting)
11th Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
In office
June 23, 2014 – June 10, 2016
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byMichael D. Lumpkin (acting)
Succeeded byBrian McKeon (acting)
Personal details
Born (1969-04-19) April 19, 1969 (age 53)
San Diego, California, U.S.
EducationWilliams College (BA)
University of Maryland, College Park (MPP)

Christine Elizabeth Wormuth[1] (born April 19, 1969) is an American defense official and career civil servant who serves as the United States secretary of the Army since 2021, the first woman to serve in this position.[2] Wormuth previously served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2014 to 2016.

Early life and education

Christine Elizabeth Wormuth[3] was born on April 19, 1969 in the community of La Jolla, north of San Diego. After growing up in College Station, Texas, she graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with a bachelor's degree in political science before earning her master's in public policy from the University of Maryland.[4]


Wormuth entered government service as a presidential management intern in 1995. She spent the next six and half years as a civil servant in the Defense Department. Later, she worked as a government consultant and then a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Before she was nominated Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Wormuth served in the National Security Council as the Special Assistant to the President and the Defense Policy and Strategy Senior Director.[5] From 2009 to 2010, Wormuth was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense.

Obama administration

Wormuth was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. On June 19, 2014, she was confirmed by the United States Senate by voice vote.[6] As the Under Secretary, Wormuth contributed to counter-terrorism operations and engaged in defense relations with Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.[6]

Upon the conclusion of her tenure as the Under Secretary, Wormuth was appointed as the Director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center.[7]

Biden administration

Christine Wormuth is sworn in as the 25th secretary of the Army by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., May 27, 2021.
Christine Wormuth is sworn in as the 25th secretary of the Army by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., May 27, 2021.

In November 2020, Wormuth was named a volunteer member of the Joe Biden presidential transition Agency Review Team to support transition efforts related to the United States Department of Defense.[8]

Secretary of the Army

On April 12, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated Wormuth to serve as the 25th Secretary of the Army.[9] She is the first woman to serve in the position for the Army, however, not the first female Secretary in the United States Armed Forces, as there have been several female Secretaries of the Air Force.[10][11] On April 15, 2021, her nomination was sent to the Senate.[3] On May 24, her nomination was reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee by voice vote. Two days later, her nomination was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent, but Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, requested it vitiated, or rescinded, and her confirmation was subsequently reversed hours later. Schumer did not provide an immediate explanation for the action.[12] The following day, the issue was resolved and Wormuth was then officially confirmed on May 27, again by unanimous consent. She was sworn in the following day.[2]


  1. ^ "PN361 — Christine Elizabeth Wormuth — Department of Defense, 117th Congress (2021-2022)". U.S. Congress. May 27, 2021. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Secretary of the Army | The United States Army". Secretary of the Army | The United States Army. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Nominations Sent to the Senate". The White House. April 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Christine E. Wormuth > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Biography". Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "Christine Wormuth". The Cipher Brief. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Senate Confirms Obama Nominee Christine Wormuth as DoD Policy Chief". Executive Gov. June 24, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  7. ^ Monica, 1776 Main Street Santa; California 90401-3208. "Christine Wormuth Appointed Director of RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center". Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Agency Review Teams". President-Elect Joe Biden. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Tiron, Roxana (April 12, 2021). "Biden Picks Christine Wormuth as First Female Army Secretary". Bloomberg News. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  10. ^ "Biden picks 1st woman to be Army Secretary".
  11. ^ "President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate 11 Key Administration Leaders on National Security and Law Enforcement". White House Briefing Room. April 12, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  12. ^ O’Brien, Connor. "Senate confirms Wormuth as first female Army Secretary — for real this time". POLITICO.
Political offices Preceded byRyan D. McCarthy United States Secretary of the Army 2021–present Incumbent Order of precedence Preceded byRichard M. Mills Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Order of precedence of the United Statesas Secretary of the Army Succeeded byCarlos Del Toroas Secretary of the Navy