Today was the final Senate vote for Dr. Robert Califf as FDA commissioner. With the final vote at 89 to 4, Califf has been confirmed.
Califf follows Dr. Margret Hamburg, who served almost six years as FDA commissioner, stepping down nearly a year ago. Dr. Stephen Ostroff has been interim commissioner.
Califf was nominated five months ago by President Obama. Several Senators, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (D-VT), presented strong opposition to Califf’s candidacy.