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A Look Back at Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Top Cabinet Picks

A Look Back at Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Top Cabinet Picks

By    |   Friday, 20 January 2017 10:28 AM

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks.

From a slew of interruptions from protestors in the audience to testy exchanges between nominees and members of the Senate committees, there hasn't been a dull moment yet.

According to amNewYork, "the Senate does not usually reject Cabinet nominations, but there has been some concern about Trump’s picks, including Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. For the most part, however, it won't be difficult for the Senate to reach a simple majority to approve nominations, as Republicans hold the majority."

If the Senate vote on a nominee ends in a tie, the decision will come down to Vice President Mike Pence's vote.

Here's a rundown of all the Senate confirmation hearings that have taken place so far:

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Jeff Sessions - Attorney General

Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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John Kelly - Director of Homeland Security

Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly testifies during the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on his confirmation to be Secretary of Homeland Security on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Rex Tillerson - Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. Secretary of State on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 11, 2017. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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Elaine Chao - Secretary of Transportation

Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

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Ben Carson - Secretary of Housing

Ben Carson testifies during his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 12, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

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Wilbur L. Ross Jr. - Secretary of Commerce

Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on his nomination to serve as US Secretary of Commerce on Capitol Hill (Rex Features via AP Images)

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Betsy DeVos - Secretary of Education

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Scott Pruitt - EPA Administrator

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator-designate, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Nikki R. Haley - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley's confirmation hearing for U.S. Representative to the United Nations. (Rex Features via AP Images)

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James Mattis - Secretary of Defense

Retired Marine Corps general James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination to be the next secretary of defense in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2017. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mike Pompeo - CIA Director

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building, January 12, 2017. (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

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Ryan Zinke - Secretary of the Interior

U.S. Congressman Ryan Zinke, R-Montana, testifies before Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., January 17, 2017, on his nomination to be Secretary of the Interior in the Trump administration. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tom Price - Secretary of Health and Human Services

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary nominee, Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, testifies during his confirmation hearing January 18, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Rick Perry - Secretary of Energy

Energy Secretary-designate Rick Perry straightens his tie prior testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Steven Mnuchin - Treasury Secretary

Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Trump's nominee for Treasury secretary, testifies during his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building, January 19, 2017. (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Other nominations . . .

Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Andrew Puzder, Labor Secretary

Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence

Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative

David Shulkin, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director

Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture

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The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's top Cabinet picks. From a slew of interruptions from protestors in the audience to testy exchanges between nominees and members of the Senate committees, there hasn't been a dull moment yet.
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