Paul McHale

U.S. Assisant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense

Paul McHale was nominated in 2003 by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and confirmed by the Senate. He is responsible for the supervision of all homeland defense activities of the Department of Defense.

Secretary McHale was born July 26, 1950 and raised in Bethlehem, PA. He was graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Highest Honors from Lehigh University, where he majored in government.

Secretary McHale volunteered for duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. Commissioned a second lieutenant in 1972, he spent two years on active duty, including an overseas deployment as a rifle platoon leader in Okinawa and the Philippines.

Paul entered Georgetown Law Center in 1974 and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1977. For the next five years, he practiced law in Bethlehem.

First elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1982, he served five consecutive terms. He resigned in 1991 following Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, volunteering for active duty as an infantry officer with the Marine Corps during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Beginning in 1993, he represented the 15th Congressional district of Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives for three terms. On the House Armed Services Committee, he has oversight responsibility for all U.S. military operations and training.

In 1996, then Congressman McHale co-founded the National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus, which advocates the interests of reservists and guardsmen world-wide. Honors that he earned included the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association 1997 Frank M. Tejeda Leadership Award, the 1998 Reserve Officers Association Minuteman of the Year Award, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal. He is a colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

Paul has frequently lectured on government, law and military policy on many campuses, including the U.S. Army War college, where he is an adjunct professor, and the U.S. Naval Academy, where he served as a member of the Board of Visitors. He is a former member of the Board of Advisors at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

On January 3, 1999, he retired from the U.S. House of Representatives and became a shareholder in the Allentown law firm of Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, P.C.

Children of Paul and Katherine are Matthew, Mary and Luke.