The Senate on Monday approved the nomination of Heather Wilson as secretary of the Air Force, the second Pentagon confirmation for the White House since the inauguration.
After a 76-22 vote, Wilson, a former congresswoman, will now take her position as the service’s highest civilian leader and could add some important influence for a new administration that has been slow to fill top jobs.
The Senate confirmed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in January and until Monday, he had remained the lone Senate-confirmed Trump official among the Pentagon’s vast professional staff and some Obama administration holdovers.
“I’m sure she’ll work hard in this new role to strengthen the branch of the military that she cares so much about,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
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