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: PN1674
Received: Mar 3, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN2029
Received: Jun 22, 2020
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred sequentially to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; when reported by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, pursuant to an order of January 7, 2009, to be sequentially referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for 20 calendar days.
Nomination Number: PN2020
Received: Jun 17, 2020
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1727
Received: May 4, 2020
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1687
Received: Mar 16, 2020
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1707
Received: Mar 18, 2020
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1686
Received: Mar 16, 2020
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1728
Received: May 4, 2020
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1729
Received: May 4, 2020
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN1425
Received: Jan 28, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 712. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1914
Received: May 21, 2020
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1587-2
Received: Feb 24, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 698. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1587-1
Received: Feb 24, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1586
Received: Feb 24, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1915
Received: May 21, 2020
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1706
Received: Mar 18, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 696. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1607
Received: Mar 2, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 695. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1606
Received: Mar 2, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 694. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1596
Received: Feb 27, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 693. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1331
Received: Jan 6, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 689. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1424
Received: Jan 28, 2020
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 690. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1900
Received: May 11, 2020
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1379
Received: Jan 6, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1572
Received: Feb 13, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1571
Received: Feb 13, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1182
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1350
Received: Jan 6, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1584
Received: Feb 24, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN1585
Received: Feb 24, 2020
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN770
Received: May 14, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN63
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN61
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN60
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN58
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN57
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1183
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1225
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN71
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1227
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1288
Received: Nov 19, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1295
Received: Nov 19, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1323
Received: Dec 9, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN67
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Returned to the President under the provisions of Senate Rule XXXI, paragraph 6 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN1228
Received: Oct 17, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN20
Received: Jan 9, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN886
Received: Jun 24, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN68
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN1226
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN851
Received: Jun 12, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN389
Received: Feb 12, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN65
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Received message of withdrawal of nomination from the President.
Nomination Number: PN563
Received: Apr 4, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN963
Received: Jul 17, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN21
Received: Jan 9, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN363
Received: Jan 30, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN906
Received: Jul 8, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN613
Received: Apr 11, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 - 40. Record Vote Number: 225.
Nomination Number: PN70
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 369. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN362
Received: Jan 30, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN69
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN64
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN343
Received: Jan 24, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN66
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.