Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s pick to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and serve as Science Advisor to the President, has been confirmed by the Senate. The confirmation followed a two month delay as various Senators held-up the confirmation vote in an attempt to garner attention for issues unrelated to the confirmation. “Holds” are often used by Senators for this purpose. Holdren was ultimately confirmed in a late-night vote on 19 March 2009.

Also confirmed during this vote was Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the President’s pick for Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Lubchenco, who comes to NOAA from Oregon State University, is the first ecologist and woman to lead NOAA.


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