Biden administration appoints GOP election chief to key security role

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Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman was appointed on Tuesday to lead election security for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the agency announced.

Why it matters: Wyman — who is the sole elected Republican state official and currently serving her third term — challenged former President Trump's claims of election fraud.

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  • CISA operates within the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Wyman's resignation will be effective on Nov. 19. A temporary successor will be appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

What they're saying: "I am honored to be able to share nearly three decades of experience and expertise to support CISA's efforts to safeguard our election systems from cyber-attacks," Wyman said in a statement.

  • "I remain committed to protecting the integrity of our elections and working closely with local and state elections officials nationwide to bolster this foundational pillar of our democracy," she added.

  • "Kim's deep knowledge of state and county government will strengthen our partnerships with state and local officials," Jen Easterly, director of CISA, said.

Go deeper: Inside Washington state's all-mail elections

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