Daines Congratulates Helena Native Dr. Dava Newman on Confirmation as NASA Deputy Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today congratulated Helena native Dr. Dava Newman on her confirmation as the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Deputy Administrator. The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Newman today.

Before today’s vote, Daines spoke on the Senate floor in support of Newman’s nomination.

Video of Daines’ floor speech is available to watch here and download here.

“Dr. Newman is a talented individual, passionate about aerospace engineering, and is generating awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities in Montana’s students,” Daines stated. “Dr. Newman is an incredibly accomplished Montanan who truly exemplifies our state’s legacy of public service. I know she will lead with honor and is prepared for whatever challenges may lie ahead.”


Daines with Dr. Newman in front of former Senator Mike Mansfield’s (D-MT) portrait in the United States Capitol

Dr. Dava Newman, a native of Helena, Montana, is a graduate of C.R. Anderson Middle School and Capital High School in Helena. Newman received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT.