Heather Wilson

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Heather Wilson
Heather Wilson official photo.jpg
24th United States Secretary of the Air Force
Assumed office
May 16, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Deborah Lee James
President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
In office
June 17, 2013 – May 10, 2017
Preceded by Robert Wharton
Succeeded by Jan Puszynsk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Mexico's 1st district
In office
June 25, 1998 – January 3, 2009
Preceded by Steven Schiff
Succeeded by Martin Heinrich
Personal details
Born Heather Ann Wilson
(1960-12-30) December 30, 1960 (age 57)
Keene, New Hampshire, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jay Hone
Education United States Air Force Academy (BS)
Jesus College, Oxford (MPhil, PhD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1982–1989
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
*Pending Senate confirmation

Heather Ann Wilson[1] (born December 30, 1960) is an American politician. Wilson is the 24th and current United States Secretary of the Air Force since May 16, 2017. She served as President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Mexico's 1st congressional district from 1998 to 2009. She was the first female military veteran elected to a full term in Congress.[2]

After leaving Congress she was leading consulting firm Heather Wilson & Company.

On January 23, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his intentions to nominate Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force.[3] The United States Senate confirmed her nomination on May 8, 2017.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. [1][better source needed]
  2. See "Women in Congress: Heather A. Wilson". Helen Douglas Mankin was a Red Cross civilian nurse who served in World War I, but did not have veteran status. Catherine Small Long, a member of the Navy WAVES, was elected to complete the term of her husband who died in office and did not run for re-election.
  3. President Donald J. Trump Intends To Nominate Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force
  4. Carney, J. Senate confirms Trump's Air Force chief. 05/08/17 06:02 PM EDT