Senator John Walsh's degree revoked
Senator John Walsh's degree revoked

Senator John Walsh’s degree revoked

Senator John Walsh, D-Montana, said Friday that the United States Army War College has revoked his master’s degree after investigating allegations that he plagiarized much of a thesis he submitted to earn his degree.

However, Walsh is also offering an apology in the scandal that derailed his plans for re-election.

Walsh came under fire this past summer when reports surfaced he had used other’s work as part of his dissertation to achieve his Master’s Degree from the college in Pennsylvania. That led to Walsh’s decision to drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate seat he had been appointed to when former Senator Max Baucus left Washington.

This morning, Walsh announced the college had reached a decision with its investigation launched after the reports came to light, saying his status as a graduate has been revoked.

“Though I disagree with the findings made by the War College, I accept its decision with great humility and respect for the U.S. Military,” Walsh wrote in a prepared statement. “I apologize to all Montanans for the plagiarism in my 2007 paper, and I am prepared to live with its consequences. I may not be a scholar but I am proud to have been a soldier who has served Montana and this great nation for 33 years in uniform.”

Walsh said he remains committed to filling out the rest of his term through December.

“As Montanans choose their next U.S. Senator over the next few weeks, I will continue proudly serving this state through the end of this term. I look forward to fighting for veterans and their families. I look forward to doing all we can for the small businesses that call our state home. I will keep fighting for the freedom of choice and equal pay for women, and for access to our public lands.”


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