January 22, local time, the U.S. Senate confirmed Lloyd Austin, nominated by Biden, as Secretary of Defense by a vote of 93-2.
Austin became the first African-American Secretary of Defense in U.S. history.
Austin served in the army for 41 years before retiring in 2016. Under federal law, since Austin retired for less than seven years, Congress must grant Austin immunity to allow him to serve as Secretary of Defense.
After the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee voted to approve the exemption on January 21, all senators of the Senate voted today to confirm Lloyd Austin, who was nominated by Biden, as Secretary of Defense.