Congresswoman Elaine Luria Appointed to U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors

April 9, 2019
Press Release
USNA Grad and 20-Year Navy Veteran Joins Oversight Panel

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02), a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) and a 20-year Navy veteran who retired at the rank of Commander, was sworn in Monday to serve on the USNA’s Board of Visitors. She was appointed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith.

“As a proud graduate of the United States Naval Academy, it’s an incredible honor to be named to the Board of Visitors,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Each year, the Naval Academy prepares some of America’s bravest and most talented men and women to protect our nation. I look forward to ensuring the Naval Academy has the resources to fulfill its mission and train our future military leaders.”

“Elaine’s career in the Navy, and already apparent impact to the House Armed Services Committee, make her an excellent fit to serve on the Board,” Chairman Smith said. “A career sailor who served for two decades in multiple combat assignments around the world, she knows first-hand the knowledge and character required of our officer corps. Her combat command experience, along with her understanding of the complexities facing our service members, will be a tremendous asset to the Board, the Academy and the Navy.”

Serving on the Board of Visitors, Congresswoman Luria will play a key role in evaluating the state of morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the USNA. The President of the United States receives an annual written report of the Board’s findings and recommendations. The Board includes a mix of presidential, vice presidential, and congressional appointees.

Congresswoman Luria graduated from the USNA in 1997. She then began a 20-year military career that included overseas deployments to the Middle East and Western Pacific. Virginia’s Second Congressional District includes Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base, and one quarter of the nation’s critical shipbuilding and repair facilities.

The board’s first meeting of 2019 was held Monday. More information on the USNA Board of Visitors can be found here.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.