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President Trump will nominate Elaine C. Duke for second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security, according to a departmental press release issued late Monday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

President Trump will nominate Elaine C. Duke for second-in-command at the Department of Homeland Security, according to a departmental press release issued late Monday.

Trump will nominate Duke for deputy secretary, directly below the recently confirmed DHS Sec. John Kelly. If confirmed, Duke will replace acting deputy secretary Chip Fulghum.


“I could not be more pleased by the president’s announcement. Elaine is a true public servant. Her unparalleled knowledge of the Department coupled with the overwhelmingly positive response I receive from everyone who hears her name prove she is the right person for the job,” Kelly said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with her to fulfill the Department’s critical mission of protecting the homeland.”

Duke most recently worked as principal with Elaine Duke & Associates LLC, an acquisition and business consulting firm located in northern Virginia. She has worked nearly three decades in federal government posts, including undersecretary for management at DHS.

Duke also worked as deputy assistant administrator at the Transportation Security Administration and Defense Department.

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