Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

McSally Announces 2018 State of the Union Guest

January 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representative Martha McSally today announced that Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels will attend the 2018 State of the Union (SOTU) address as her guest on Tuesday night.


Sheriff Dannels has served for almost 34 years in law enforcement.  Just this past May he was appointed Immigration and Border Security Chairman by the National Sheriff’s Association. In this national leadership position, he represents more than 3,000 Sheriffs in counties all across the United States and is responsible for speaking on their behalf and taking their concerns and perspective to the Department of Homeland Security and President Trump’s Administration. Sheriff Dannels also serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Border Sheriff Association, which represents the 24 border sheriffs and beyond, and is the President of the Arizona Sheriff's Association. 

 “Sheriff Dannels is a national voice for sheriffs throughout America,” said Congresswoman McSally. “He is a leader with first-hand experience and credibility on how to secure our border and support law enforcement. I have been fortunate to work with Sheriff Dannels on a number of border and law enforcement initiatives, and am very thankful for his years of service and his continued dedication to our southwest border community. Arizona, and Cochise County, are fortunate to have such a solid champion on the local, state, and national level."

“I am very honored to be here this week to witness history. As our President and Congress are shaping a plan to secure the border, it is very important that rural border communities are represented and their voice is heard in these decisions. As Sheriff of Cochise County with 33 years of law enforcement, the border isn’t just a concept—it’s our reality. Thank you to Congresswoman McSally inviting me to have a front-row view of our Commander in Chief lay out his plan to make America safe, strong, and proud,” said Sheriff Dannels

Sheriff Mark Dannels has testified on the status of border security during House Homeland Security hearings chaired by Congresswoman McSally, the Chairwoman of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee—including an Arizona field hearing in May 2016.  His perspective has informed several critical pieces of legislation, including a bill to intercept cartel spotters,  legislation to reauthorize the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP), and legislation to fund treatment programs to help people with mental health issues who currently end up in the Cochise County jail.

Click HERE to watch Congresswoman McSally’s press conference with all Southern Arizona border sheriffs, including Sheriff Dannels, to discuss the best way to increase border security and address the needs of their communities.