WASHINGTON (CNN) - In an early expected victory for President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate approved seven high-ranking administration officials Tuesday afternoon.
Only hours after Obama's swearing-in ceremony, Steven Chu was confirmed as energy secretary, along with Arne Duncan as secretary of education, former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as secretary of homeland security, former Sen. Ken Salazar as secretary of the interior, retired Gen. Eric Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs, and former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as secretary of agriculture.
Peter Orszag was also approved as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
All seven were approved on a single voice vote.
A roll-call vote for Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton is expected to be held Wednesday. Clinton's nomination was delayed by a day and forced to a roll call vote because of an objection filed Tuesday by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.