Former Professional Staff Member of the House Armed Services Committee
Ms. James retired in April 2017 after 13 years of service on House Armed Services Committee culminating as the Lead Staff Member on the Military Personnel Subcommittee. During her time on the Committee, she focused on the Defense Health Program and the Military Health System, the integration of women into previously closed military occupational specialties, family programs, sexual assault and sexual harassment, Arlington National Cemetery, and Wounded Warrior programs. Prior to her joining the Committee, Ms. James served 31 years in the Army as a Nurse Corps officer, with assignments ranging from clinical nursing to executive leadership. Ms. James is a graduate of several military and health care leadership development programs, including the Army Management Staff College, the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, and the Army War College, where she earned a master’s in strategic studies. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Syracuse University in 1975 and earned a master’s in nursing administration from New York University in 1986.