The U.S. Senate finally confirmed the nomination of Bonnie D. Jenkins to be the State Department’s Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security (State/T). Her nomination was received by the Senate on March 15, and she had her confirmation hearing in late April . It took the Senate until July 21st to have a full vote for this nomination. She was confirmed by the Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52 – 48. Record Vote Number: 275. Senators Collins (R-ME), and Paul (R-KY) joined the Democrats in confirming this nominee.
Ambassador Jenkins succeeds Andrea L. Thompson who was appointed in 2018 and left her position the following year (see Pompeo Announces Departure of Andrea Thompson as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security). With the exception of career diplomats Reginald Bartholomew (1989–1992) and Frank G. Wisner II (1992–1993), all other appointees to the “T” bureau were political appointees. Click here for the names of previous appointees.
In May 2020, the Trump WH announced the nomination of Marshall Billingslea to State/T but that nomination was returned to the president in January 2021. (see New Arms Control Special Envoy Marshall Billingslea Now Nominated as Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security (T).
Confirmed, 52-48: Executive Calendar #142 Bonnie D. Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) July 21, 2021
52-48: Senate advances the nomination of Bonnie Jenkins to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. 2 Republicans Collins and Paul joined all Democrats in voting Yes.
Her confirmation vote will be held later today at 2:30pm. pic.twitter.com/Qeu7fVbRLN
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) July 21, 2021
Thank you @SecBlinken and I look forward to rejoining @StateDept and the dedicated colleagues who work so hard on our diplomacy for the benefit of all Americans. #LetsDoThis https://t.co/wM0301q7yb
— Amb. Bonnie Jenkins, Ph.D. (@Jenkinsbd) July 22, 2021
We are so thrilled that @Jenkinsbd has returned to the State Dept as @UnderSecT! We welcome your leadership to advance priorities in the T family with @StateDeptPM and @StateAVC. https://t.co/5SAEH0O6kr
— State ISN Bureau (@StateISN) July 22, 2021
Delighted to celebrate this historic appointment with two amazing ladies! Congratulations Madam Under Secretary @bdjenkins! pic.twitter.com/TRexQHxX11
— Uzra Zeya (@UzraZeya) July 21, 2021