The Senate voted 78-16 on Monday to confirm former Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson as the next homeland security secretary, CNN reported Monday.
Ted Barrett writes that Johnson will become the fourth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security after formerly serving as the Defense Department‘s top lawyer.
Johnson was integral to helping the White House form policies on using drones for counterterrorism, according to the report.
His nomination to lead DHS by President Barack Obama was first announced in October.
Ann Patterson was also confirmed by the senate as undersecretary of state for near eastern affairs, according to CNN.