Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly’s principal deputy chief of staff, has been nominated to serve as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
The White House confirmed earlier reports by The Washington Post and Politico that Nielsen was next in line for the position.
Nielsen previously worked as Kelly’s chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security and then followed him into the White House when he replaced Reince Priebus as Trump’s White House chief of staff at the end of July. However, this was not her first time working in the White House, as she previously served in President George W. Bush’s administration as the special assistant for prevention, preparedness and response on the Homeland Security Council.
Before being named DHS chief of staff in January, Nielsen was the president of Sunesis Consulting, a risk and security management consulting firm.