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Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit speaks with the press after being nominated by President Donald Trump to function as chief financial officer in NASA, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Phoenix. DeWit plans to stay in his present job until he is supported by the U.S. Senate. Less
Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit speaks with the press after being nominated by President Donald Trump to function as chief financial officer in NASA, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Phoenix. DeWit plans to stay in his … more
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Trump chooses on Arizona state treasurer to get NASA article
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit has been nominated by President Donald Trump to function as chief financial officer in NASA.
When confirmed by the Senate, DeWit stated he’d resign his statewide office, though that could be weeks from now.
“From the time that I get through the Senate confirmation it may be near the very end of the term anyway,’ he said Thursday. “So it is really excellent time.
“I have been offered many places before this however, I wanted to wait until at least I am in the last year of my term, which this essentially is currently,” DeWit said.
DeWit functioned as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the presidential campaign of Trump this past year and also has a close relationship with the president.
DeWit is a first-term Republican and state law requires that the replacement appointed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey be of the exact same party. Ducey said to whom he would pick to triumph DeWit, he has given much thought.
DeWit said he would not run for another term as treasurer. Announced candidates for the Republican nomination contain state Sen. Kimberly Yee and Tom Forese, an Arizona Corporation Commission member that won the seat in 2014 after working in the Legislature. DeWit has supported Yee but includes a fractious relationship with Ducey.
DeWit stated he’d prefer that there be a career treasurer worker appointed to head the department that manages state financing until after the next year’s election.
“We have some people running for that office at this time, and I really don’t think that it could be fair to appoint somebody that’s running for the workplace,” he explained. “I feel that is kind of putting a thumb on a scale.”
DeWit was considering running to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake, who decided last month to not find re-election later polling showed his criticism of Trump and a shifting Republican Party base made his race unwinnable.
As NASA CFO, DeWit would oversee the area agency’s almost $20 billion funding. Before running for state treasurer as a newcomer in 2014, he was. He’s married and has three girls.
He said where NASA headquarters is located, it is likely the family would have to relocate to Washington.
“There is plenty of exciting things coming to NASA and for our nation through that service,” he stated, “and when I could be a part of assisting that process I think that is a fantastic approach to serve the nation.”