Janet Yellen sworn in as first female U.S Treasury Secretary

Janet Yellen has been sworn in as the nation’s 78th Treasury secretary and the first woman to hold the office.

She was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris at a ceremony performed outside on the East Wing entrance to the White House.

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Yellen’s husband, George Akerlof and their son Robert, were present for the brief ceremony.

Janet Yellen will play a key role in working with Congress on Biden’s coronavirus stimulus plans and on his pledges to invest $2 trillion in infrastructure, green energy projects, education and research to boost American competitiveness.

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In her message to Treasury employees, Yellen said she would be conducting a virtual listening tour in the next few weeks to meet with employees to get their views on how the department can do a better job of addressing the crises facing the country.

Janet Yellen became the third of Biden’s Cabinet nominees to win Senate approval on a vote of 84-15 late Monday. All of the no votes came from Republican senators.

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