Once in the position, Nielsen will be the first Secretary to have previously served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
"I know you will fulfill your duties with dedication, determination and resolve".
"Kirstjen can hit the ground running and there won't be a learning curve", Ridge said.
Prior to the Trump administration, Nielsen worked in DHS as a senior legislative policy director for Transportation and Security Administration under President George W. Bush.
"I share the President's commitment to the security of the county and the safety of the American people", she said.
If confirmed by the Senate, Nielsen will lead an agency charged with securing the nation's borders and airports, enforcing immigration laws, coordinating disaster relief efforts and overseeing the Secret Service and Coast Guard. She now serves as Kelly's principal deputy chief of staff and was also his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. She served on Mr.
Mr. Kelly pushed hard for her selection, making a personal appeal to Mr. Trump during a monthslong search process.
For instance, Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee was also among those that were being considered for the position.
Duke received praise for her handling of hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida, but has come under fire over the devastation in Puerto Rico.
Neilsen is an expert in homeland and national security policy.