The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee announced Wednesday it will hold a confirmation hearing for Department of Homeland Security secretary nominee, Kirstjen Nielsen, on Nov. 8.
Nielsen, who currently works as principal deputy chief of staff at the White House, will appear before the committee at 10 a.m. EST next Wednesday, Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and ranking member Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said in a statement.
President Trump nominated Nielsen exactly three weeks ago to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly, who he had pulled from DHS to oversee the executive office.
Nielsen served as second-in-command under Kelly while he was at DHS. She followed Kelly to the White House and has been there since July.
Elaine Duke has served as acting DHS secretary since then.
If confirmed, Nielsen would be the first former DHS employee to be promoted to chief of the 15-year-old department. She also worked at DHS's Transportation Security Administration and served on the White House Homeland Security Council under former President George W. Bush.
Nielsen guided Kelly through his Senate confirmation process, where the two developed a close working relationship.