Censky and McKinney Confirmed by the Senate
On the evening of Tuesday, October 3, 2017, the Senate confirmed Stephen Censky and Ted McKinney for their top positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Censky is now USDA deputy secretary and Ted McKinney becomes the first undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, a newly created position. The pair were advanced by a voice vote by the Senate Agriculture Committee the night before, and were cleared by a voice vote by the entire Senate as part of a package of nominations. Censky and McKinney are the first Senate-confirmed nominees to join the USDA since Agriculture Secretary Perdue took office in April.