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: PN1228
Received: Oct 17, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1226
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1225
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1183
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1182
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN1227
Received: Oct 15, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
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: PN906
Received: Jul 8, 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: PN389
Received: Feb 12, 2019
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
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: PN770
Received: May 14, 2019
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Nomination Number: PN851
Received: Jun 12, 2019
Last Action: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
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: PN886
Received: Jun 24, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Nomination Number: PN362
Received: Jan 30, 2019
Last Action: Confirmed by the Senate by Voice Vote.
Nomination Number: PN61
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 167. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN71
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 171. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN68
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 170. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN57
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 164. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN58
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 165. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN60
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 166. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN63
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 168. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN343
Received: Jan 24, 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: PN66
Received: Jan 16, 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: PN67
Received: Jan 16, 2019
Last Action: Placed on Senate Executive Calendar. Calendar No. 65. Subject to nominee's commitment to respond to requests to appear and testify before any duly constituted committee of the Senate.
Nomination Number: PN20
Received: Jan 9, 2019
Last Action: Received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.