The U.S. Senate confirm Jeh Johnson as the new head of the Department of Homeland Security, handily bypassing any Republican opposition.
Johnson, a former top Pentagon lawyer, was President Barack Obama's choice for the job. His confirmation comes after a Republican filibuster was defeated.
Last month Democrats enacted the so-called "nuclear option," changing the rule that required 60 votes to defeat a filibuster. Now only a simple majority is required.
Johnson is the fourth person to lead the DHS since its inception after the 9/11 attacks.
About 40 percent of senior leadership positions in the department are currently vacant. Johnson says filling those posts is among his top priorities.