Kelly's Ex-deputy Readies For Own DHS Confirmation Hearing

By JILL COLVIN

Published November 8th, 2017

Kelly's Ex-deputy Readies For Own DHS Confirmation Hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen (KEER'-stehn) Nielsen was tapped to help shepherd President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security secretary pick through his Senate confirmation process. Now she's got her own team shepherding her.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Nielsen on Wednesday.

Trump surprised many in his administration when he announced his pick to run the sprawling agency was Nielsen. Nielsen had served as the top deputy to DHS Secretary John Kelly in the Trump administration and moved with Kelly to the White House when he was elevated to Trump's chief of staff.

It's been a lightning-fast rise for the 45-year-old Nielsen, who arrived in Trumpworld only after the president had won the election.

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