Kirstjen Nielsen is an American attorney and politician. Kirstjen Nielsen has served as the United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2017-2019. Likewise, she is best famous for implementing the Trump administration’s family separation policy.
Table of Biography
Kirstjen Nielsen was born in the year 1972 on 14th May. The politician is 49 years old as of now. Likewise, Nielsen was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The politician belongs to American nationality and was born under the star sign Taurus.
Moving on to her family, she was born to Phyllis Michele Nielsen and James McHenry Nielsen. Both her parents are United States Army physicians. Likewise, she is the oldest of three children. She has a sister named Ashley Nielsen and a brother named Fletcher Nielsen. Similarly, her family relocated to Clearwater, Florida. As a kid, Nielsen was very lively and outgoing.
Kirstjen Nielsen went on to attend a local high school. Likewise, after her high school graduation, she went on to attend Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Similarly, she then attended the University of Virginia School of Law. She received her Juris Doctor in the year 1999. Additionally, the politician also took Japanese studies at Nanzan University located in Nagoya Japan.
Career and Profesional Life
Kirstjen Michele Nielsen served as a special assistant to the president and as senior director for prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR). Similarly, She worked under the presidency of George W. Bush at the White House Homeland Security Council. The politician also set up and lead the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Legislative Policy and Government affairs.
George W. Bush Administration
Kirstjen was George W. Bush’s Special Assistant at the time. She then served as the Director of Prevention, Preparedness, and Response for the White House Homeland Security Council. She also established and led the Transportation Security Administration’s Office of Legislative Policy and Government Affairs as Assistant Administrator. In 2008, she resigned from the Bush administration.
Post Bush Administration
She started Sunesis Consulting and rose to the position of President. A federal contract was awarded to the company in September 2013. They were awarded a $450,000 contract by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “provide policy and legislation, technical writing, and organizational development.” She was a senior member of the Resilience Task Force at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. She also served on the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report.
US Secretary of Homeland Secretary
President Donald Trump nominated her to be the new US Secretary of Homeland Security in October 2017. She took over as Acting Secretary from Elaine Duke. The Senate confirmed her candidacy by a 62-37 vote in December 2017. She was sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security on December 6, 2017. She testified in front of the US Senate in January 2019 in favor of merit-based immigration over family-based immigration.
Likewise, she first maintained that she had not received any intelligence briefings indicating that Russia attempted to impact the 2016 presidential election. She later declared in May 2018 that she agreed with the intelligence community’s conclusion. Nielson claimed in October 2018 that China has become a major threat to the United States. She also said that China is attempting to influence the outcome of US elections.
Huawei and its CFO Meng Wanzhou were indicted with 23 criminal offenses in January 2019 by Nielsen, interim Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Among the charges are financial fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, theft of trade secret technology, giving bonuses to workers who stole private information from companies throughout the world, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and sanctions violations.
Awards and Net worth
Kirstjen Nielsen has not received any awards to date. Likewise, she has earned a generous sum of wealth through her career in the Government of the United States. The politician enjoys a net worth of $300k.
Regarding her relationship status, she is single and unmarried to date. She didn’t have any past affairs with anybody. It seems as if she is not interested in such things and rather is more focused on her political career.
Kirstjen Nielsen has not involved herself in any scandals or controversies. However, after the US-Mexico border issue got heated, Trump berated her during a cabinet meeting for what he described as a failure to secure US borders. Moreover, the politician considered resigning after the incident.
Body measurements and Social media
Enhancing her body measurements, she is 5 feet 6 inches or 1.68 meters tall and weighs around 55 kg or 121 lbs. Similarly, her actual body measurements (chest-waist-hip) are 33-27-35 inches. In addition, she has blonde hair with a pair of attractive hazel eyes.
When it comes to her social media handles, the politician is only available on Twitter. She joined Twitter in November 2017 and has already gained over 90.7k followers. On the other hand, she is not available on Facebook and Instagram.