Haaland Meets with Transgender Troops Ahead of Subcommittee Hearing

February 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, met with transgender troops who will be testifying on the administration’s order to bar transgender people from serving in the military and the Supreme Court’s action to uphold the administration’s policy at a subcommittee hearing.

“We should be thankful to anyone who has decided to serve our country, but this administration has decided to single out a group of people for political reasons,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland. “Transgender servicemembers honorably serve our country, and are not any different than any other service member: they come from families in which service is a tradition, they go through the same training and abide by the same requirements, and they are actively serving overseas. They deserve fairness and respect.”

Today, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee will hold a Military Personnel Subcommittee Hearing on Transgender Service Policy. Details are below:


Military Personnel Subcommittee;

Panel 1:

Dr. Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD MPH

LDCR Blake Dremann, USN

CPT Alivia Stehlik, USA

CPT Jennifer Peace, USA

SSgt Patricia King, USA

HM3 Akira Wyatt, USN

Panel 2:

The Honorable James N. Stewart, Performing the Duties of Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense

VADM Raquel C. Bono, Director, Defense Health Agency


Hearing on Transgender Service Policy


TODAY, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. MT


2118 Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20515 or online here


In January, the Supreme Court ruled to allow the administration’s order to bar transgender people from serving in the military to continue. Congresswoman Haaland made a powerful statement by posting the transgender flag outside her office.

Congresswoman Haaland is a Vice Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, a group of lawmakers that serves as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBTQ+ issues at the federal level. The caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and well-being for all regardless of sexual orientation of gender identity and expression.