By Molly Wasche

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced Secretary of Veterans Affairs Nominee Denis McDonough at his confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Klobuchar spoke about McDonough’s "strong track record" of advocating for our veterans, service members, and military families.

McDonough, who grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, and attended St. John’s College in Collegeville, was recognized by Klobuchar for his ability to understands how to tackle complex challenges throughout our government.

Klobuchar continued, "I’ve been privileged to call Denis a friend for years and I know he will serve our country so well as the Secretary. As he has done his whole life, he will honor the promises our country has made to our veterans and their families."

"So much of our work with our veterans is about keeping our promises and showing respect through not just in our words, but in our actions."

She urged the committee to support his nomination.

"He is deeply committed to supporting his workforce. One of the things I want to tell our veterans is I know he will do two things so well. He will listen, and then he will get things done for you," said Klobuchar.