Avril Haines speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be President-elect Joe Biden's national intelligence director in Washington, DC, January 19, 2021.
WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Avril Haines as the director of national intelligence Wednesday evening, making her the first official member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet.
Before adjourning for the evening, the Senate voted 84 to 10 on Haines' confirmation.
Haines, Biden's pick to lead the nation's 18 intelligence agencies, is the first woman to hold the position.
"Our adversaries will not stand by and wait for the new administration to staff critical positions, and I am pleased my Senate colleagues joined me in swiftly confirming Director Haines to this important post," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., acting chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote in a statement.
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