Nielsen Becomes 6th Homeland Security Secretary
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 | Comments

The Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as the sixth secretary of Homeland Security Dec. 5, and she was sworn in Dec. 6. Nielsen is the first former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employee to become the secretary.

“It is my greatest honor to serve as secretary alongside the remarkable men and women of DHS,” said Nielsen. “Our nation faces a complex threat landscape that is constantly evolving. I will do my utmost to ensure that the department meets the threats of today and tomorrow and to ensure our frontline personnel have the tools and resources to accomplish their vital missions.

Nielsen previously served as former DHS Secretary John F. Kelly's chief of staff at DHS. She served during the George W. Bush administration as special assistant to the president and as senior director for prevention, preparedness and response at the White House Homeland Security Council. She also set up and led as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration's Office of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs.

“Ms. Nielsen is a homeland security expert with a deep understanding of the issues facing the department and is well positioned to lead us into the future,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. “It has been an honor to serve as the department’s acting secretary, and I look forward to working alongside Ms. Nielsen as her deputy as we continue to carry out the DHS mission of safeguarding the American people, our homeland and our values.”

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