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Senate Confirms Trump’s Pick For Air Force Secretary

Secretary of the Air Force confirmation hearing with Heather Wilson. (Scott M. Ash/U.S. Air Force)
May 10, 2017

The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force.

This vote makes Wilson the first official nominated by President Donald Trump to be successfully confirmed to a service secretary position, as the President’s Army Secretary nominee, Mark Green, withdrew himself last week. Green was not the first Trump-appointed nominee to do so.

Wilson received 76 votes in favor of her nomination on Monday, and 22 senators voted against it, according to Congress’ website.

Wilson, 56, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy. She was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico, from 1998 to 2009; has served on the National Security Council under President George H.W. Bush; and has been president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology since 2013, according to Reuters.

Last week, Trump’s second pick for Army Secretary, Mark Green, withdrew his nomination after coming under fire for past statements on LGBT issues, according to CNN.