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Senate Confirms Top Benefits Regulator on Second Attempt (1)

Sept. 29, 2022, 7:28 PMUpdated: Sept. 29, 2022, 9:19 PM

The US Senate confirmed New York attorney Lisa Gomez to serve as head of the US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration after failing to do so in June.

The Senate voted 49-36 on Thursday to confirm Gomez to lead the Labor Department agency that protects employee benefit plan participants and beneficiaries.

Gomez’s road to EBSA repeatedly hit snags caused by unexpected GOP opposition and operational delays. Her circuitous path to the nation’s top worker benefits regulator illustrates the slog nominees can face between nomination and confirmation.

“I don’t think it was really about her as much as it ...