10th District Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher (D-Alamo) has been confirmed by the Senate as under secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now has 14 days to set a date for a special election for Tauscher's 10th District replacement, the winner of which will serve the remainder of a two-year term that will end in 2011.
President Obama nominated Tauscher for the position in March. She will now advise the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on global security, weapons proliferation and arms control.
Tauscher has resigned her 10th Congressional District seat, which includes parts of Contra Costa, Alameda, Solano and Sacramento counties. Her district does not include Pleasanton, which is represented by Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton).
"I am deeply grateful for the trust that both President Obama and Secretary Clinton have placed in me," Tauscher said. "I am equally grateful and humbled by the honor and privilege to have represented California's 10th Congressional District for the last 13 years in the House of Representatives."
"It has been the deepest, and greatest, professional experience of my life, and I am deeply, deeply grateful for the opportunity and the trust that my constituents have placed in me," she said.
She added that she had tried to keep her promise to be an "independent, effective moderate."
Tauscher, 57, already served on the House Armed Services Committee and as chair of the Strategic Forces subcommittee. Her district also includes two national nuclear laboratories, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia.
In remarks during her June 9 confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tauscher acknowledged the main focus of her new role to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and material.
She pledged to work toward Obama's stated goal of "a world without nuclear weapons."
Tauscher told the committee that she would work "to take the necessary steps to reduce the world's nuclear arsenals while making sure that we maintain a safe, secure and reliable deterrent against any adversary and an effective defense for our allies."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, released a statement yesterday congratulating Tauscher on her new role.
"Congresswoman Tauscher has long been a leader on issues of national security and a great advocate on behalf of our veterans," Pelosi said.
"The House will certainly miss Congresswoman Tauscher's leadership, but the entire nation will continue to benefit from her expertise, talent, and experience," she said.