Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is the final member of President Obama’s Cabinet to be confirmed in a close Senate roll call vote yesterday. The vote was largely along party lines, with Senators Kit Bond (R-MO), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Susan Collins (R-ME), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Richard Lugar (R-NH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Arlen Specter (R-PA) breaking away from the Republican party in support of Sebelius’ confirmation. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced yesterday that he is switching to the Democratic party, according to the New York Times.
Last week, Sebelius’ nomination was approved by the Senate Finance Committee in a split 15 to 8 vote. Only two of the ten Republicans on the committee, Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Pat Roberts (R-KS), voted in favor of her nomination.