President Bush's Cabinet will soon have a woman in it again - new Labor Secretary Lynn Martin.
Martin, 51, was confirmed for the job on a 94-0 vote Thursday in the Senate. She probably will be sworn in within the next few days and start work at the department next week, an aide said.A former five-term Republican congresswoman from Illinois, Martin was saluted as a street-smart politician who knew the ways of Congress and could hold her own at the White House.
Critics contend that her predecessor in the Labor post, Elizabeth Dole, had been frozen out by White House policymakers. Dole resigned from the job to head the American Red Cross.
At Martin's confirmation hearing last week, Democrats noted that she had opposed Bush on minimum wage and parental leave vetoes.
The Senate must still act on Bush's nominations of former Gov. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as education secretary; Rep. Edward R. Madigan, R-Ill., as agriculture secretary; and former Gov. Bob Martinez of Florida as drug policy adviser.