Sign up for a daily newsletter defining what matters in business and markets


Senate Foreign Relations Committee endorses Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo testifying
Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of Mike Pompeo's nomination for Secretary of State 11-9-1 on Monday, thanks to Sen. Rand Paul who flipped from opposing to supporting his nomination.

Why it matters: At one point, it appeared that Pompeo did not have the votes for a favorable recommendation from the committee, which would have marked the first time in nearly 100 years they voted against a Secretary of State nominee. But with the endorsement in tact, Pompeo's nomination is now headed to the Senate floor for a full vote, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ensured a smooth approval.