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Senate Confirms Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, in addition to 27 other nominees

Posted @ Monday, April 30, 2018    By Zach Israel
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On April 26, the Senate confirmed, by a vote of 57-42, former CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the 70th U.S. Secretary of State; he was sworn into office later that same day by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. In addition to all 50 present Senate Republicans voting in favor of his nomination, seven Senate Democratic Caucus also voted for Pompeo: Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Bill Nelson (D-FL). The Senate last week also confirmed, by recorded vote:

  • Stuart Kyle Duncan to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas), by a vote of 50-47; and
  • Richard Grenell to be the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, by a vote of 56-42.

The Senate also reached an agreement to approve 25 nominations by voice vote last week, including:

  • Lt. General Paul Nakasone to be Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency;
  • Mick Zais to be Deputy Secretary of Education;
  • Kenneth Barbic to be an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Affairs;
  • Rebecca Slaughter to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the term of seven years from September 26, 2015;
  • Rohit Chopra to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2012;
  • Noah Phillips to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the term of seven years from September 26, 2016;
  • Joseph Simons to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the term of seven years from September 26, 2016;
  • Christine Wilson to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for term of seven years from September 26, 2018 and for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2011;
  • Jon Peede to be Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities for a term of four years;
  • Timothy Garrison to be U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri for the term of four years;
  • Kenji Price to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii for the term of four years; and
Nicola Hanna to be U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California for the term of four years.

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