BREAKING: Eric Fanning Confirmed as Army Secretary

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Eric K. Fanning, the 22nd Secretary of the Army, poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, Nov. 2 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)

It’s an IDAHOT Miracle! Eric Fanning has finally been unanimously confirmed as Secretary of the Army by a Republican-majority Senate. From NCRM:

The U.S. Senate in a unanimous and historic vote has just confirmed Eric Fanning to be the next Secretary of the Army. Fanning, whose extensive resume makes him among the most qualified ever nominated, has been waiting 242 days since President Barack Obama first nominated him to the role. One anti-gay Republican Senator, Pat Roberts, was able to block the confirmation vote by a parliamentary tactic, but he released his hold and Fanning was confirmed.

Fanning is now the highest-ranking openly-LGBT person to ever hold federal office.

Roberts had previously declared that he would hold Fanning’s confirmation until the end of President Obama’s term in office. But, via HuffPo, he:

said he personally called Fanning earlier in the day to tell him he was planning to let him through.

“My issue has never been with Mr. Fanning’s character, his courage or his capability,” Roberts said on the Senate floor. “He will be a tremendous leader.”

Fanning has previously served as the Acting Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer, Chief of Staff of the Department of Defense, Acting Secretary of the Air Force, and Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy, among other roles.

Happy IDAHOT, Fort Benning!

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