By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has moved one step closer to becoming President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Labor.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 18-to-4 Thursday to approve the nomination, according to CBS News. It now heads to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

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Walsh testified before the committee exactly a week ago, but did not face any difficult questions from the panel.

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If confirmed, Walsh would be the first union member to be Secretary of Labor in nearly 50 years.

Walsh was first elected mayor in 2013. Before that, he was a state representative for nearly 20 years and held leadership positions in multiple labor unions.

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If and when Walsh officially steps down as mayor, Boston City Council President Kim Janey would become acting mayor.

CBSBoston.com Staff