Wilbur Ross is an investor who has been known for buying companies in bankruptcy, turning them around and then selling them at a profit. His success in business led President Trump to nominate Ross to be the next Secretary of Commerce. The Senate confirmed Ross on Monday and he was sworn into office shortly afterwards.
The Senate approved Wilbur Ross to lead President Trump’s Commerce Department on Monday evening.
The final vote on Ross was 72-27.
Ross was widely expected to be approved Monday night, after he overcame a procedural hurdle earlier this month in a 66-31 vote that included the support of more than a dozen Democrats.
But lawmakers appeared divided by his nomination ahead of Monday’s final vote.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), the top Democrat on the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, went to bat for Ross ahead of the vote and urged Democrats to support him.