The Senate voted to confirm Avril Haines as the director of national intelligence on Wednesday evening, making her the first woman to head national intelligence.
She was confirmed on a vote of 84 to 10.
“The DNI must never shy away from speaking truth to power — even, especially, when doing so may be inconvenient or difficult,” she said during her confirmation hearing. “The DNI must insist that, when it comes to intelligence, there is simply no place for politics — ever.”
Haines served as former President Barack Obama’s deputy national security advisor and previously served as deputy CIA director.
“Avril Haines was the right choice for Director of National Intelligence,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement according to CNBC. “We appreciate the bipartisan cooperation to get her confirmed tonight, and we hope there will be a lot more of it because the nation is in crisis and we need President Biden’s team in place as quickly as possible,” he added.