The Nomination 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 Senate 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 nomination 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 Senate 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 Senate Commerce Committee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Coast Guard it must also approve all promotions of 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 nominations matrix below.
Nomination Number: PN1804
Received: May 23, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1803
Received: May 23, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN16
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN17
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1499
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1498
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1372
Received: Jan 25, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1395
Received: Jan 25, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1116-1
Received: Nov 1, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1117
Received: Nov 1, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1148
Received: Nov 6, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1288
Received: Jan 8, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1289
Received: Jan 8, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1301
Received: Jan 10, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1302
Received: Jan 10, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1394
Received: Jan 25, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1074
Received: Oct 17, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1415
Received: Feb 6, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1693
Received: May 2, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1457
Received: Feb 27, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1497
Received: Mar 12, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1507
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1532
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1533
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1534-1
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1692
Received: May 2, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1580
Received: Apr 8, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1127
Received: Nov 1, 2023
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN1568
Received: Mar 21, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1534-2
Received: Mar 14, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN114
Received: Jan 23, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN870
Received: Jul 25, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN800
Received: Jul 11, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN801
Received: Jul 11, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN799
Received: Jul 11, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN304
Received: Feb 13, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN441
Received: Mar 21, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN482
Received: Mar 30, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1429
Received: Feb 8, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1373
Received: Jan 25, 2024
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN15
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 91 - 7. Record Vote Number: 14.
Nomination Number: PN13
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 96 - 1. Record Vote Number: 17.
Nomination Number: PN14
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 79 - 18. Record Vote Number: 16.
Nomination Number: PN384
Received: Mar 6, 2023
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN919
Received: Sep 5, 2023
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN12
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN11
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN948
Received: Sep 5, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1108
Received: Oct 24, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1111
Received: Oct 26, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN113
Received: Jan 23, 2023
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN112
Received: Jan 23, 2023
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1116-2
Received: Nov 1, 2023
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN980
Received: Sep 7, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 98 - 0. Record Vote Number: 263.
Nomination Number: PN978
Received: Sep 6, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN674
Received: May 30, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN672
Received: May 30, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN673
Received: May 30, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 55 - 43. Record Vote Number: 222.
Nomination Number: PN667
Received: May 15, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN464
Received: Mar 27, 2023
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN440-1
Received: Mar 14, 2023
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN9
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN8
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN440-2
Received: Mar 14, 2023
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN10
Received: Jan 3, 2023
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.