President Donald Trump has nominated Tennessean Mark Green to be secretary of the Army, a move U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, both Tennessee Republicans, praised.
“This is a good opportunity for the rest of the country to benefit from Tennessean Mark Green’s leadership skills, military experience and dedication to service members,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.
Green is a state senator who represents Montgomery, Shelby and Stewart counties in Middle Tennessee.
The Clarksville Republican is also a former Army flight surgeon and a West Point graduate, and is popular among some members of the tea party, according to USA Today.
Corker said that Green’s West Point experience and military background make him well-suited for the position.
“He is respected in both the military and business communities, and I know the people of Tennessee state Senate District 22 have greatly valued his leadership and dedication over the past four years,” he also said in a prepared statement. “Mark has a true sense of duty, and I was proud to recommend him to President Trump for this distinguished position.”
But the nomination hasn’t come without criticism. Green has objected to the federal government’s attempts to stop discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces and businesses, according to The New York Times.
Green and his nomination have upset the largest organization of LGBT military families, the American Military Partner Association, whose members said he’s made “a shameful political career out of targeting LGBT people for discrimination,” also according to The New York Times.
The Senate still needs to approve the nomination.