May 17, 2018
President Trump congratulates Gina Haspel via twitter, as she becomes the first female CIA director.
Haspel cleared a full Senate confirmation vote 54-45 Thursday and will soon be sworn in.
This comes one day after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted 10-5 to push her confirmation to the full Senate for debate.
Haspel was named acting director of the CIA after former chief Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State.
Her extensive intelligence career at the agency began in 1985 and includes more than 20 different job titles most of which remain classified.
The 61-year-old’s counter-terrorism work in 1998 led to the arrests of two key al Qaeda members following the deadly bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.