Senator Steve Daines on Tuesday spoke at the ceremonial swearing-in of Helena native Dr. Dava Newman as the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Deputy Administrator.

The United States Senate unanimously confirmed Newman on April 27, 2015.

Dr. Newman is inspiration for countless of young Montanans who are excited about not only space exploration, but also science, technology, engineering and math,” Daines stated. “I have no doubt that Dr. Newman will be a dedicated and tireless public servant who will continue to exemplify our state’s rich legacy of public service.”

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 most recently served as professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT.