Michigan Democrat On List Of Possible Biden Picks To Head CIA Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D- Mich., during a hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security on Capitol Hill in July 2020. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
By Cathy Burke | Sunday, 29 November 2020 08:04 AM
Newly reelected Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., a former intelligence officer who worked for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is reportedly on the list for Joe Biden’s CIA director.
The New York Times reported that Slotkin is among a number of possibilities that also include former CIA director Michael Morell, Thomas Donilon, a former national security adviser in the Obama administration, Sue Gordon, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, and Vincent Stewart, who led the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Slotkin, 44, who did three tours in Iraq as a CIA officer before working in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and for the National Security Council, suggests she’s happy where she is, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“While Congresswoman Slotkin appreciates being named alongside such qualified candidates to lead the CIA, she is honored to serve the people of Michigan’s 8th District, and looks forward to doing so for a second term in Congress,” Slotkin's spokeswoman, Hannah Lindow, told the Free Press on Saturday.
Politico has reported that Slotkin is a moderate who recently advised Democrats that President Donald Trump has a loyal base for good reason.
“[Trump] doesn’t talk down to anybody. He is who he is, but he doesn’t talk down to anyone," she told Politico. "And I think that there is a certain voter out there because of that who identifies with him and appreciates him."
The CIA’s current director, Gina Haspel, appointed by Trump in 2018, was the first woman to be confirmed by the Senate to lead the agency.