Heather Wilson represented New Mexico in the U.S. Congress from 1998-2009. The Hon. Wilson served on the Energy and Commerce Committee for the duration of her tenure in Congress, where she was involved in all matters relating to the oversight of the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency, including matters related to the Clean Water Act and Superfund laws, as well as oversight of operations and security at our National Laboratories. During her 10 years in the House, the Hon. Wilson was a prominent leader on a broad range of national security issues. For six years she chaired the House Republican Policy Committee on National Security and Homeland Security and produced two major policy studies on non-proliferation and nuclear deterrence policy. Before entering public service, the Hon. Wilson was president of Keystone International, Inc., a company that performed business development and program planning work in the United States and the former Soviet Union. Prior to that, the Hon. Wilson was the director for defense policy and arms control on the National Security Council Staff at the White House. There, she oversaw development of U.S. policy and negotiating strategy that led to the completion of the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty and chaired the inter-agency group that developed guidance for the American delegation in Vienna, Austria. From 1987 to 1989, the Hon. Wilson was an Air Force Officer assigned to the U.S. mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. During the spring of 1989, the Hon. Wilson was the acting representative of the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. Delegation to the Conventional Forces in Europe negotiations in Vienna, Austria. She was also the U.S. mission’s expert on British, Spanish, and Portuguese defense plans. From 1985 to 1987, the Hon. Wilson served at the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force in the United Kingdom, where she served as the principal contact for the British Government on matters related to planning and negotiating the beddown of nuclear capable cruise missiles at RAF Molesworth and RAF Greenham Common. The Hon. Wilson is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1982, and, as a Rhodes Scholar, she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University in England. Her doctoral thesis, published as a book, earned a major prize from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, for a major contribution to the study of international humanitarian law. She was the first American ever to have received this award.

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