Former N.M. Rep. Wilson up for Trump administration post

December 13, 2016

Former New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson met with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team about a potential senior national security position, according to a South Dakota university where Wilson now serves as president.

Wilson, a Republican who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 2009, has been president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology since 2013.

The school said Wilson traveled to New York City for a Monday meeting with Trump’s team to discuss the national security position. The school’s statement said Wilson wouldn’t comment.

A producer for Fox News reported on Twitter that Wilson, 55, was being considered for director of national intelligence.

As a member of Congress, Wilson represented the district that includes Albuquerque. She ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Wilson served as secretary of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families prior to her election to the House.

She was on the National Security Council staff under President George H.W. Bush. Wilson earned a degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.