ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson has a new job where the politics she deals with will be mostly academic.
Wilson has been named president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.
She succeeds Robert Wharton, who died in September.
Wilson represented New Mexico's First Congressional District as a Republican from 1998 to 2009. She served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as chair of the House Subcommittee on Technical and Tactical Intelligence.
She'll start her new job in June and be the first woman to lead the 128-year-old school.
Wilson ran twice unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in bids to replace retiring Sens. Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman.
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