Press Release

AAAE Praises Nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen as DHS Secretary

For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017

Alexandria, VA – American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli issued the following statement today regarding the President's nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security:

"The President has made an excellent selection with the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen to serve as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. I have had the privilege of working with Kirstjen in both the private sector and during the Administration of George W. Bush and found her to be an incredibly smart, dedicated, focused and tenacious public servant – characteristics that will serve her and the country well as she takes a lead role in working to protect the homeland. AAAE and airport executives across the country look forward to partnering with the Secretary-designate and her team to meet our shared objectives of enhancing security and facilitating commerce at and through airports across the country."

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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 5,800-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Adam Snider
Director of Public Affairs