Heather Wilson

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Heather A. Wilson has served the citizens of New Mexico's First Congressional District since June 23, 1998. The only female veteran in the U.S. Congress, Wilson serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy, public health, telecommunications and hazardous materials; the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and Chairs its Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence which has responsibility for all technical intelligence disciplines, including signals intelligence, imaging intelligence, technical support to operations, and research and development. [1]

"Congresswoman Wilson is the first woman since Georgia Lusk in 1948 to serve in Congress from New Mexico. Wilson is the only woman veteran currently in Congress, and the first Air Force Academy graduate in Congress. Her district is centered in Albuquerque, and includes Bernalillo and Torrance counties and parts of Santa Fe, Sandoval and Valencia counties." [2] Before entering Congress, she was the head of New Mexico's Department of Children, Youth and Families.


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Should Wilson Be Trusted With Government Secrets?

Influencing the Justice Department

On March 6, 2007, Wilson admitted that she had telephoned (now dismissed) U.S. Attorney David Iglesias before the Nov. 7, 2006 Midterm General Election seeking information on the pace of corruption investigations involving Democratic officeholders. News Source

Hiding her Husband's Police File

Wilson has been accused of hiding a police report that included alledgations of inappropriate contact between her husband and a minor. Source: NM-01: Police Report Hidden by Wilson Is Found - DailyKos diary)

Republican Dissident

Saying that she has "serious concenrns" about warrantless domestic surveillance of Americans, Wilson broke ranks with fellow Republicans and called for a full Congressional inevistigation onto the practice. She described the current briefings as "untenable" because legislators learned too little about the propgram. Perhaps there is much more to learn about how extensive the program is and what is done with data collected about persons who are clearly not terrorists.

References

  • Biography – Heather Wilson (U.S. House of Representatives)
  • Eric Lichtblau. "Republican Who Overseas N.S.A. Calls for Wiretap Inquiry." The New York Times. February 8, 2006.

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