While Lisa Gomez’s nomination passed a Senate committee hurdle, her nomination to lead the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) seems to have stalled.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee had approved Gomez’s nominations as Assistant Secretary for EBSA at the Department of Labor on Dec. 2, on a near party-line vote of 12-10.
However, the full Senate has not acted on her nomination, and prior to adjourning the first session of the 117th Congress for the holiday break, Gomez was among several nominees whose nominations will not be allowed to carry over into the second session. That means her nomination must be resubmitted after the new session convenes in early January and the hearing/approval process repeated.
Gomez currently is a partner at labor law firm Cohen, Weiss, and Simon LLP, representing employer and union pension plans. She joined the firm in 1994, became a partner in 2002, and currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Management Committee. I briefly served as an associate at that firm in 2007.