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May 25, 2015

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Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, the nominee to be deputy Energy secretary, arrives with husband Jeffrey Randall for a White House state dinner in February honoring French President Francois Hollande. (Andrew Harrer/Getty Images, pool photo)

Senate Energy Chairwoman Mary L. Landrieu is signaling that her committee could vote after the August break on the nominee for the No. 2 spot at the Energy Department, reports CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss.

“This is a woman we need to get to work,” Landrieu said about Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, whom President Barack Obama has picked to be deputy Energy Secretary.

Sherwood-Randall currently serves as a nuclear proliferation and defense policy adviser for the White House’s National Security Council.

At her confirmation hearing Thursday, she faced questions on range of issues, including nuclear nonproliferation and the defense-related sites she would help oversee at the Energy Department.

She also pledged attention to the domestic energy side of the Energy Department’s portfolio, which she called “an essential source of our strength in the 21st century.”

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