Senate Confirms DHS Director
Kirstjen Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate (62-37) as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-the department that includes the U.S. Coast Guard. Nielsen will be the first woman to hold the DHS Secretary position, and the sixth secretary since DHS was created after the 2001 terror attacks. She will succeed John Kelly who is now the White House Chief of Staff. Nielson served as Marine General John Kelly’s Chief of Staff while he served as DHS Secretary. She is a cybersecurity expert who previously worked in both the George W. Bush Administration and the Transportation Security Administration.