Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Honors Southwest Pilot and Aviation Pioneer Tammie Jo Shults on House Floor

April 26, 2018
Press Release
27 Bipartisan Members Cosponsor McSally Resolution Commending Shults for her Nerves of Steel that Saved Plane Full of Passengers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today spoke on the House floor on her resolution to honor Southwest Airlines Pilot Tammie Jo Shults for her unflappable courage that saved so many lives, and for paving the way for women in military and commercial aviation. Congresswoman McSally’s resolution has twenty-seven cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. Click HERE for the text of the resolution, and CLICK HERE to watch Congresswoman McSally discuss the resolution on Fox News.  

Click HERE or below to watch her speech on the House Floor.


Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Tammie Jo Shults, the Southwest Airlines Captain who heroically and expertly landed the damaged Boeing 737 last week. She saved 148 lives through her courage, skill, professionalism, and nerves of steel. We also mourn the death of Jennifer Riordan, who was killed by the immediate effects of this mishap.

Tammie Jo Shults was a hero long before this successful emergency landing. Captain Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots for the U.S. Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A-18. Although she was never allowed to fly in combat, she became an aggressor pilot and an instructor. Tammie Jo Shults reminds us that the airplane doesn’t care whether you have ovaries or not, as long as you have the qualifications and the training to complete the mission.

And that’s why, Mr. Speaker, I introduced a resolution on Monday to commend Captain Tammie Jo Shults for her unflappable courage that saved so many lives, and for paving the way for women in the military and commercial aviation to finally fly in combat and lead as equals. Generations of women can fight for freedom and save lives, like she did, because of her. Thanks for leading the way, Tammie Jo, for all of us.

I yield back.