Tennessee Republicans Veer From Their Party On Confirmation Votes

Senator Lamar Alexander

Senator Lamar Alexander

Both of Tennessee’s senators broke with their party to approve the President’s choice for head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The bulk of the Senate’s Republicans worked to block Gina McCarthy at every stop along the nomination process, including an attempted filibuster. Only six GOP Senators voted in her favor.

While he deviated from the party’s efforts, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander cited the GOP as the reason why he voted for McCarthy. In a statement, Alexander pointed out that she has worked for five Republican governors and likely has better conservative credentials than anyone else President Obama would be likely to appoint.

McCarthy was approved by a vote of 59 to 40.

Senator Bob Corker

Senator Bob Corker

Tennessee’s other Senator, Bob Corker, was heavily involved in efforts to broker a deal with Democrats, heading off their use of the so-called “nuclear option” to ensure approval of the President’s nominees.

After striking that deal, Corker voted for Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

He and Alexander also helped Democrats ensure a vote on the nominee to the Labor Department by blocking any Republican chance at a filibuster. However, they did go on to vote against Thomas Perez’s confirmation, along with every other Republican.


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