Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State on January 22 after the Senate voted 99 to 0 to confirm her to the cabinet. She immediately choose two highly experienced officials for the top jobs at the State Department. Thomas Pickering, a senior professional diplomat in the Foreign Service will serve as the secretary for political affairs, the third-ranking job in the State Department. Stuart Eizenstat, who has recently served as the under secretary of commerce for international affairs, will become under secretary for economic affairs in the State Department. Albright has also chosen her former chief of staff Elaine Shocas to serve her as chief of staff at the State Department.