WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Eric Fanning as the new secretary of the Army — quietly making history by putting the first openly gay person in the post.
Fanning was confirmed unanimously on a voice vote. He previously filled a number of senior positions in the Department of Defense, including acting undersecretary of the Army, special assistant to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and undersecretary of the Air Force.
President Barack Obama nominated Fanning in September, but his confirmation was delayed because of politics.
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