WASHINGTON--The White House on Thursday officially sent Penny Pritzker's nomination for Commerce Secretary to the Senate, setting the stage for Pritzker, the Chicago business executive and long time friend and fund-raiser for the the president, to start making courtesy calls on members of the Senate. She's already made some calls.
President Barack Obama tapped her for the post last week at a White House event--but that was many ceremonial. The Senate Commerce panel will now be asking Pritzker to submit an extensive questionnaire. No date has been set for a confirmation hearing.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2013
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:
Mark D. Gearan, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service for a term expiring December 1, 2015. (Reappointment)
Rose Eilene Gottemoeller, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, vice Ellen O. Tauscher, resigned.
Joseph W. Nega, of Illinois, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years, vice Thomas B. Wells, retired.
Penny Pritzker, of Illinois, to be Secretary of Commerce, vice John Edgar Bryson, resigned.
Michael B. Thornton, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court for a term of fifteen years, (Reappointment)
Davita Vance-Cooks, of Virginia, to be Public Printer, vice William J. Boarman.
Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be Member of the Federal Communications Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2013, vice Julius Genachowski.
Thomas Edgar Wheeler, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission for a term of five years from July 1, 2013. (Reappointment)