Senate begins confirmation hearing for Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary

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Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will appear in Congress on Wednesday to begin her confirmation as President Joe Biden's energy secretary.

Granholm will testify before the Senate commerce, science and transportation committee, beginning at 9:30 a.m. EST.

Michigan's Democratic governor for two terms between 2003 and 2011, Granholm stepped down from a position as adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and said she will divest from assets she holds in energy companies, if confirmed, including an electric bus company.

Granholm, 61, is also leaving a position as an analyst for CNN to take over the Energy Department.

In a filing with the Office of Government Ethics, Granholm said she has holdings in Duke Energy, Ford Motor Co. and First Solar, which have received research funding from the Department of Energy in the past.

If confirmed, she will divest from those holdings.

Grahnolm was a key figure in discussions with former President Barack Obama, and then-Vice President Biden, in helping to preserve Michigan's auto industry after the financial crisis and recession a decade ago, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

As member of Biden's climate team, Granholm has also been a supporter of electric vehicle technology and alternate energy technologies.

Before she was governor of Michigan, Granholm was the state's attorney general between 1999 and 2003.

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