She’s done more for the red, white and blue bikini than possibly any other woman — it seems only right that Pamela Anderson finally is an American, E! News Online reports.

The Canadian-born former Baywatcher has confirmed she’s officially been made a U.S. citizen and has wasted no time in tending to her civic duty.

For her first order of business as a non-alien, the 40-year-old animal lover went to bat for her literal pet project, PETA, joining the organization’s vice-president at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “Being a citizen excites me not just because I can vote, but because I can crack the whip on Capitol Hill to defend animals,” Anderson said last week.

As part of her D.C. trip, the buxom blond also hand-delivered a PETA science report to the Department of Health and Human Services, condemning the government for being so far behind European nations in failing to use modern technology and non-animal test methods in lieu of outdated animal tests.