Rockefeller said, "I have been privileged to know Sylvia and her family as personal friends for many years and have always proudly supported her career in public service -- from Hinton, West Virginia all the way to the White House as a top staff member of the Clinton administration.
Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Manchin said, "If you want to know Sylvia, you should look at her small hometown of Hinton and the surrounding Summers County, because that is her grounding. It is pure Americana -- a onetime railroad boomtown woven into the mountains of Appalachia."
Burwell served as OMB's deputy director and chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin during Bill Clinton's presidency. In his statement, Obama noted that Mathews was "part of an OMB team that presided over three budget surpluses in a row."
"Her experience will be especially important as we continue our efforts to replace the indiscriminate budget cuts that are already starting to cost jobs, hurt families, and inconvenience Americans," the president said.
Between 2001 and 2012, Burwell was CEO and executive director of the Gates Foundation, then served as president of the Gates Foundation Global Development Program. That foundation spends $725 million a year to improve the lives of more than 200 million people around the world.
When she got her new post, Burwell was heading the Walmart Foundation, the nonprofit wing of the retail giant.
"Sylvia's abundant knowledge and budget experience make her the right person to take on our country's fiscal challenges," Rockefeller said.
"In addition to her impressive experience, she is humble -- sticking to her West Virginia roots -- and dedicated to helping those in most need."
Manchin said, "Sylvia is humble, hard-working and has spent most of her life helping hard working families everywhere achieve the American dream her Greek immigrant grandparents found in this country.
"She went off to Harvard, was a Rhodes Scholar and has traveled the world over. But she has never lost touch with her West Virginia roots and the ties that bind us together."
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