Senate votes 84-10 to confirm Avril Haines as first woman Director of National Intelligence

The United States Senate on Wednesday confirmed the nomination of Avril Haines, President Biden’s pick to serve as Director of National Intelligence.

The Senate voted 84-10 to confirm Mrs. Haines as the first woman to lead the sprawling U.S. intelligence.

She will oversee 18 intelligence agencies and units, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the national Security Agency.

Those agencies employ hundreds of thousands of federal workers and contractors.

Avril Haines, a former Deputy Director of the CIA and Deputy National Security Advisor, was nominated to serve as Director of National Intelligence by President Biden last November.

Avril Haines has worked with  President-elect Biden in various roles for more than a decade, and will become the first woman to serve as Director of National Intelligence.

During the Obama administration, Haines served as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy National Security Advisor from 2015-2017, during which time she led the National Security Council’s (NSC) Deputies Committee. From 2013-2015, Haines was the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; she was the first woman to hold both of these positions.

Avril began her service in the Obama administration in 2010 as the NSC Legal Advisor. From 2007-2008, Haines served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while President-elect Biden served as chairman. Haines has led the Transition’s National Security and Foreign Policy Team since its founding in June 2020.

Prior to that time, she served in various roles including Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University; a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory; and a member of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. Haines received her bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. 

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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