House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has officially named Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben as the first female chaplain to ever serve in either chamber of Congress.
Pelosi called the nomination “historic” in her Thursday announcement, adding that “Kibben brings decades of decorated experience in the military and the ministry, as a retired Rear Admiral who served as the U.S. Navy’s Chief Chaplain and the chaplain of the Marine Corps.”
“Her integrity, experience and patriotism will serve the Congress and the Country well, as she ministers to the needs of Members,” Pelosi continued.
Pelosi thanked outgoing Reverend Patrick Conroy for his service, remarking that “Father Pat Conroy has been a blessing to Members on both sides of the aisle.”
“Throughout his service, Father Pat fulfilled the calling of St. Ignatius of Loyola: ‘for the greater glory of God.’ His service has been a spiritual and moral anchor for Members, grounding our institution in the values of faith and country and reminding our Members of our responsibilities to our great nation and constituents,” she concluded. “All Members wish Father Pat well as he enjoys his well-deserved retirement from the House.”
Kibben has had a long and distinguished career as a chaplain, previously serving as the Navy’s chief chaplain and the chaplain of the Marine Corps.