BREAKING: VP MIKE PENCE SWEARS IN BEN CARSON AS UNITED STATES HUD SECRETARY (VIDEO)
Vice President Mike Pence administers the oath of office to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson as his wife Candy and grand daughter Tesora Carson, 5, hold the Bible, Thursday, March 1, 2017.
Andrew Harnik, AP.
Retired neurosurgeon, Ben Carson has been sworn in as secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The former Republican presidential candidate was confirmed early Thursday, March 2 by the United States Senate.
According to New York Times, the Senate voted 58-41 Thursday morning to confirm Mr. Carson in a rare show of bipartisanship. Unlike other cabinet members chosen by President Trump, Mr. Carson, who has no experience running a large federal bureaucracy, did not face much push-back from Democrats during his confirmation process.
Speaking after Carson took the oath of office, Vice President, Mike Pence said he is confident that Carson will “open doors of opportunity” to some of the most vulnerable in the country.
Reacting to his new position as secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Carson said on micro blogging site, Twitter: ” It’s an honor to serve as @HUDgov’s 17th Secretary. Ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work”!