Heather Wilson is now Donald Trump’s problem. The Senate confirmed the former New Mexico Congresswoman and now outgoing School of Mines chief to be Secretary of the Air Force yesterday:
The vote was 76-22 in favor of Wilson becoming the top civilian overseeing the Air Force. The 22 “no” votes all came from Democrats.
At her confirmation hearing in March, Wilson praised the stealth capability of Lockheed Martin Corp’s (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jet, in remarks suggesting the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system would have an important advocate [Patricia Zengerle, “Senate Confirms Heather Wilson as Trump’s Air Force Secretary,” Reuters, 2017.05.08].
Wilson may find her knowledge of and support for the F-35 at odds with her new boss’s assessment, which is based mostly on his desire to inflate his deal-making abilities with false claims.
But Trump will likely be able to find common ground with Wilson on ethics. Having skirted lobbying regulations to make a good chunk of money for doing not much, she should fit well in Trump’s newly restocked swamp.
The Board of Regents has appointed its presidential search committee to find the next Mines chief.