The Nominations Process

Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution provides that the President of the United States, “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint…officers of the United States[.]” Once a nomination is received by the Senate, the Senate’s executive clerk, acting on behalf of the Senate’s presiding officer, refers the nomination to the appropriate committee or committees on the day it is received. Once the Commerce Committee receives a nomination referral, nominees are asked to supply additional information and meet with committee members and staff. After completing the vetting, nominees may be asked to testify at one or more official confirmation hearings, and a vote expressing a positive recommendation from the Senate committee or committees of jurisdiction is generally required before a full Senate vote.

Committee Responsibilities

Under U.S. Senate rules, the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has responsibility and jurisdiction for over 100 senior official posts that are subject to Senate confirmation, including the Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation, who serve as department heads and members of the president’s cabinet. In addition to these positions, because the Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Coast Guard, it must also approve all promotions of the service’s officers. While the Committee still votes on Coast Guard officer promotions, with the exception of 56 flag officers (admirals), most Coast Guard officers are not asked to individually submit information and their positions are not listed in the matrix below.

To see questionnaires, information on hearings and other details about the below nominees, click here.

Nomination Number: PN372
Received: Apr 15, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN371
Received: Apr 15, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN362
Received: Apr 15, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN117
Received: Feb 13, 2021
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 82 - 15. Record Vote Number: 144.
Nomination Number: PN264
Received: Apr 12, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN263
Received: Apr 12, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN219
Received: Feb 22, 2021
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN255
Received: Mar 24, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN254
Received: Mar 24, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN248
Received: Mar 16, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN79-3
Received: Jan 20, 2021
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN78-15
Received: Jan 20, 2021
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 84 - 15. Record Vote Number: 70.
Nomination Number: PN4
Received: Jan 3, 2021
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN78-4
Received: Jan 20, 2021
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 86 - 13. Record Vote Number: 11.
Nomination Number: PN78-12
Received: Jan 20, 2021
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.