CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., introduced Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a native of Hinton, to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Tuesday.
The White House nominated Burwell to be its new director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
"I can tell you that Sylvia is brilliant," Rockefeller said. She won't tell you that because she is modest, but I will. Sylvia graduated from Harvard and was a Rhodes scholar, but she has never forgotten her West Virginia roots.
"She is humble, she is hard-working, she has integrity and she remains devoted to helping our nation's hardworking families achieve the American dream, just as her Greek immigrant grandparents did so many years go."
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said, "Burwell also brings valuable leadership skills from the private sector, where she has run two of our nation's largest philanthropic foundations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walmart Foundation.
"In all of the jobs she has held over the years, Ms. Burwell has shown a great work ethic and intellect, and a strong business perspective," Carper said.
The OMB, Carper said, has not had a Senate-confirmed leader since last January, when Jack Lew resigned to become White House chief of staff.
Rockefeller praised Burwell's work on the federal budget during the late 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president, as well as her past service to the Treasury Department and the OMB.