September 18,2014

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Finance Committee Approves Carolyn Colvin for Social Security Commissioner

WASHINGTON –Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today led the committee’s approval of Carolyn Watts Colvin to be the commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Colvin’s nomination was approved by a 22-2 vote.

“Social Security needs a confirmed leader in place to serve the more than 62 million Americans who rely the program as an economic lifeline. As acting commissioner since February 2013, Carolyn Colvin has demonstrated that she is the leader for the job,” Wyden said.  “I am pleased the Finance Committee has reported her nomination with such a strong show of support, and hope to see her nomination move quickly through the full Senate.”

The committee previously held a hearing to consider Colvin’s nomination on July 31.

Colvin has served as the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) since February 2013. She was confirmed as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security in December 2010. From January 2011 to February 2013, she served as the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund and the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund. Previously, Colvin was the Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health and Human Services. She received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Morgan State University.

The action by the Finance Committee clears the way for Colvin to be considered by the full Senate.