Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a nomination hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 to consider the presidential nominations of Bill Nelson to be National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator, Lina Khan to be a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission, and Leslie Kiernan to be General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


  • The Honorable Bill Nelson, to be National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator
  • Ms. Lina Khan, to be Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Ms. Leslie Kiernan, to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10:00 a.m. EDT

Full Committee (Hybrid)


This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

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Majority Statement

  • Chair Maria Cantwell

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Roger Wicker


  • Ms. Leslie Kiernan

    Nominee to be General Counsel
    U.S. Department of Commerce
    Download Testimony (119.60 KB)
  • Ms. Lina Khan

    Nominee to be Commissioner
    Federal Trade Commission
    Download Testimony (106.34 KB)
  • The Honorable Bill Nelson

    Nominee to be Administrator
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration