From The Huffington Post

The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve on Monday.

Yellen, who is succeeding Ben Bernanke, has been vice chair of the U.S. central bank since 2010.

The Senate voted 56-26 to approve Yellen.

More from the Associated Press:

The Senate confirmed Janet Yellen on Monday as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, elevating an advocate of fighting unemployment and a backer of the central bank’s efforts to spur the economy with low interest rates and massive bond purchases.

Yellen, 67, will replace Ben Bernanke, who is stepping down after serving as chairman for eight years dominated by the Great Recession and the Fed’s efforts to combat it.

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