Senate panel gives thumbs up to Trump's Air Force nominee

Posted: Apr 05, 2017 1:57 PM MDT
Updated: Apr 05, 2017 1:57 PM MDT

By RICHARD LARDNER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Armed Services Committee has given its approval to President Donald Trump's nominee for Air Force secretary.

The GOP-led panel voted 22-5 Wednesday to favorably report Heather Wilson's nomination to the full Senate for consideration.

Wilson, a former member of Congress, faced sharp criticism from several Democrats on the committee during her confirmation hearing last week. They questioned her work as a defense industry consultant and a conversation she had a decade ago with a federal prosecutor during a corruption probe.

Wilson told the panel she did nothing improper.

MORE ON WILSON'S CONFIRMATION HEARING

To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Wilson has committed to selling stocks she holds in more than a dozen companies that have Defense Department contracts.

If confirmed, Wilson would be the first Air Force Academy graduate to hold the position.

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U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds released the following statement at the time of Wilson's nomination announcement:

“I congratulate Dr. Wilson for being nominated to lead the Air Force. While I am selfishly disappointed she won’t be continuing to serve SDSM&T, our state’s loss is our country’s gain. Her experience as president of SDSM&T, U.S. Congresswoman and Air Force officer make her uniquely qualified for this important leadership position. I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Wilson in this new role.”

WATCH ROUNDS INTRODUCE WILSON AT HER CONFIRMATION HEARING

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