Senate committee backs Carolyn Colvin for Social Security

  • Carolyn W. Colvin
Carolyn W. Colvin
September 18, 2014|By John Fritze | The Baltimore Sun

Carolyn W. Colvin's nomination to lead the Social Security Administration cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, queuing up a final vote for the Maryland native later this year.

The committee voted 22-2 to advance her nomination to head the Woodlawn-based agency, where she has served as acting commissioner since early last year.

"Colvin has vast management experience and a steely resolve to complete successfully whatever mission she is assigned," Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the committee, said in a statement.

Criticism of the agency's disability backlog and more recent concerns about field office closures appear to have largely evaporated. Colvin's confirmation hearing, which took place in late July, brought little attention to those issues.

President Obama nominated Colvin in June.

If confirmed, the 72-year-old Morgan State University graduate would serve a six-year term. She would succeed Michael J. Astrue, a Bush appointee whose term expired last year.

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