On Wednesday, Julia Pierson made history as the first woman sworn in as director of the U.S. Secret Service.
Pierson started her Secret Service career in 1983 as a field agent in Miami. In 2008, she became chief of staff to the service’s director. Appointed by President Barack Obama, she succeeds former director Mark Sullivan, CNN notes.
She took the oath becoming the twenty-third director of the Secret Service in a Oval Office ceremony with the President Obama holding the Bible. The president has been criticized for not promoting enough women and minorities to top-level federal positions.
The Secret Service suffered an embarrassing scandal last year when media reports surfaced that agents had hired prostitutes during while making arrangements for a presidential trip to Cartagena, Columbia. The revelations led to a number of agents resigning from the service.
A report on the scandal from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General is expected to be released sometime in June.
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