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Incoming Homeland Security secretary has served 3 presidents

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -

Elaine Duke - who's set to become acting U.S. homeland secretary on Monday - has the rare distinction of serving in high-level positions in three administrations.

She was DHS undersecretary for management from 2008 to 2010, tapped by President George W. Bush and kept on by President Barack Obama. After she headed a business consulting firm in the Washington area for seven years, President Donald Trump nominated her to return to government as deputy secretary. The Senate approved her appointment without a hitch.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who was named Trump's chief of staff on Friday, said at a conference last week that Duke was "a wonderful woman" with deep experience in government. He said her biggest assignment as the department's No. 2 official was to bring more efficiency.

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