The Senate without dissent today confirmed former Rep. Dan Glickman to be secretary of agriculture, giving him charge of an agency facing pressure to cut billions of dollars from its programs.
Senators voted 94-0 to hand the job to the Kansas Democrat. He succeeds Mike Espy, who resigned last year after it became known that he had received favors from companies doing business with the department.
Glickman was defeated last November in his bid for a 10th House term.
President Clinton nominated him to head the Agriculture Department on Dec. 28.
The lawmaker served 18 years on the House Agriculture Committee and has won backing from Republicans as well as Democrats.