Arun Venkataraman, an Indian American nominated for Assistant Secretary and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service, waited 315 days from his nomination to confirmation. This is 226.25 days longer than the average timeline for Biden’s Department of Commerce Nominees.
Though Arun Venkataraman was eventually confirmed, the elongated delay between his nomination and confirmation dates are indicative of a larger trend of Biden Administration white male nominees being confirmed by the Senate much faster than any other demographic group. In confirmation hearings for Venkataraman, multiple Senators mispronounced or asked the nominee himself how to pronounce his name, another pattern from Senate confirmation hearings, which the Washington Post has reported on.
MEDIA RECEPTION TO NOMINATION AND SENATE RESPONSE