Nancy Polikoff

Chai Feldblum confirmed to EEOC

Filed By Nancy Polikoff | December 26, 2010 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Chai Feldblum, EEOC

In a last minute action, on Wednesday the Senate confirmed law professor Chai Feldblum as a commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Obama named Feldblum in a recess appointment last March. There were various holds placed on her nomination as a result of her prominence as an LGBT advocate. At her confirmation hearing over a year ago, she also ran into trouble as a signatory to the Beyond Marriage document. Approval came by unanimous consent, along with approval of a Republican and two other Democrats, one as chair and the other as general counsel of the agency. Feldblum's term will last until July 1, 2013.

If Congress passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) during Feldblum's term, she will be one of the commissioners responsible for issuing regulations and enforcing the law.

Feldblum is also the partner of Bilerico contributor Nan Hunter.


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Well, its about time. She was nominated in September 2009, the relevant Senate committee approved her after a confirmation hearing, but the Senate Republicans then blocked all nominations to the EEOC.

President Obama finally used a recess appointment to make her a commissioner, and this would have lasted until Dec. 2011. However, now she will be able to do good for even longer.

Congratulations Chai and Nan! And congratulations to all of us, too.