CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hinton native Sylvia Mathews Burwell was overwhelmingly confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday as the new director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Burwell, who was nominated by President Obama in early March, was confirmed on a 96-0 vote.
Burwell served as the OMB's deputy director and as chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin during the Clinton administration. She was running the Walmart Foundation, the retail giant's nonprofit wing, when nominated for the OMB post.
"Sylvia shares my commitment to growing our economy, shrinking our deficits in a balanced way, and reigniting a rising, thriving middle class," Obama said in a statement after Wednesday's vote. "Sylvia will be a key member of my economic team, and I look forward to working with her in the years ahead."
Burwell's mother, Cleo Mathews, is a former mayor of Hinton and member of the state Board of Education.
"My husband Bill and I have always been incredibly proud of both of our daughters and their commitment to public service. Sylvia's unanimous confirmation today as director of OMB is a great honor, and she has an unparalleled opportunity to serve a key role in the continued fiscal recovery of our nation," Matthews said in a statement Wednesday evening.
"As first-generation Greek immigrants, we always emphasized the value of hard work and the importance of family, both of which Sylvia took to heart. Her family, lifelong friends and our close community of Hinton, West Virginia, have provided her with the strength and moral grounding to serve our country ably and honorably. All will continue to be sources of support and key factors in her success in this position of great responsibility."
Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., congratulated Burwell after her confirmation.
"As Congress works to put our country on course for a strong economic future, I am so pleased that Sylvia Mathews Burwell will have a prominent seat at the table as director of OMB, helping to steer our budget and economic policy in the right direction," Rockefeller said in a statement.
The OMB director "assists the president in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and in supervising its administration in federal agencies," according to the White House website.
OMB "oversees and coordinates the administration's procurement, financial management, information and regulatory policies," according to the website.