Elaine Duke

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Elaine Duke
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United States Secretary of Homeland Security
Acting
Assumed office
July 31, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by John F. Kelly
Succeeded by Kirstjen Nielsen (Nominee)
United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Assumed office
April 10, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Russell Deyo (Acting)
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Education Southern New Hampshire University (BS)
Chaminade University (MBA)

Elaine Costanzo Duke (born 1958) is an American civil servant who is the current Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security. On January 30, 2017, she was nominated by President Donald Trump to become the United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security under John F. Kelly. She became acting Secretary of Homeland Security on July 31, 2017,[1] when John F. Kelly assumed the office of White House Chief of Staff.[2]

Early life and education

Duke is a native of Ohio.[3] She graduated with a B.S. in business management from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University) and an M.B.A. from Chaminade University of Honolulu.[3][4]

Career

Duke held a consulting practice at Elaine Duke & Associates, LLC in Woodbridge, Virginia.[5]

Duke served as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management at the department under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from July 2008 to April 2010.[6][7] She has more than 28 years of experience with the federal government.[8]

United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

On January 30, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate Duke as United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security.[8] Duke's nomination received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on March 8, 2017.[9] On March 15, 2017, her nomination was reported to the United States Senate.[10] On April 4, 2017, she was confirmed by a vote of 85–14.[11]

Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security

After John F. Kelly was named White House Chief of Staff on July 28, 2017, Duke was named Acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

In September 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Duke made the decision to waive the Jones Act for ten days, which requires goods shipped between points in the U.S. to be carried by vessels built, owned, and operated by Americans. The waiving of the act allows foreign nations to bring aid to Puerto Rico.[12]

During a White House news conference regarding Hurricane Maria, Duke said the government response to Hurricane Maria was "a good news story." San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz responded, "This is not a good news story. This is a 'people are dying' story."[13][14][15] Duke then traveled to Puerto Rico, met with officials at the San Juan International Airport and clarified her earlier remark by stating, "there's much more work to do, and we will never be satisfied."[16]

References

  1. ^ "Elaine C. Duke". United States Department of Homeland Security. August 8, 2017. Elaine Duke became the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 31, 2017. She was previously sworn in as the seventh Deputy Secretary of DHS on April 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Statement from Press Secretary Dave Lapan on Homeland Security Leadership". 2017-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b "NOMINATION OF ELAINE C. DUKE TO BE UNDER SECRETARY FOR MANAGEMENT, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY". U.S. Government Printing Office. June 20, 2008. Ms. Duke is a native of Ohio and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, but most importantly, she received her M.B.A. from Chaminade University in Honolulu. 
  4. ^ "Elaine C. Duke". United States Department of Homeland Security. August 8, 2017. Acting Secretary Duke received her B.S. in Business Management from New Hampshire College, now Southern New Hampshire University, and her M.B.A. from Chaminade University of Honolulu. 
  5. ^ "Home". www.edukeassociates.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Elaine Duke picked as Homeland Security deputy secretary". washingtontimes.com. 30 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Trump to nominate Elaine Duke as Homeland Security deputy secretary". reuters.com. 30 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Elaine Duke as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security". whitehouse.gov. 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  9. ^ Nomination of the Honorable Elaine C. Duke to be Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, United States Senate, March 8, 2017
  10. ^ Senate of the United States: Executive Calendar, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, March 15, 2017
  11. ^ U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress – 1st Session United States Senate Vote Summary: Vote Number 103, United States Senate, April 4, 2017
  12. ^ Chokshi, Niraj (September 28, 2017). "Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Easing Hurricane Aid Shipments". New York Times. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  13. ^ San Juan Mayor Rebukes Trump Administration for Rosy Comments on Relief Effort, By RICHARD FAUSSET, MICHAEL D. SHEAR, RON NIXON and FRANCES ROBLES, New York Times, SEPT. 29, 2017
  14. ^ San Juan mayor hits back at Elaine Duke: ‘This is not a good-news story. This is a people-are-dying story.’ By LOUIS NELSON, Politico, 09/29/2017
  15. ^ San Juan mayor: 'Dammit, this is not a good news story' By Daniella Diaz, CNN, September 29, 2017
  16. ^ DHS's Elaine Duke explains 'good news story' quote, By Tal Kopan, CNN, September 29, 2017

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