Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy, on Capitol Hill, January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee during a hearing to examine her nomination to be Secretary of Energy, on Capitol Hill, January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.
CNN —  

The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee for energy secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The final vote was 64-35.

Granholm has long taken a deep interest in energy issues and was considered to be a top candidate for Energy secretary if Hillary Clinton had won in 2016.

Granholm served two terms as governor of Michigan and was first elected in 2002. She was the first woman to be elected governor of the state, and in 2006 was elected with the largest number of votes ever cast at the time for the state, according to her biography page on the state’s official website.

Prior to being elected governor, Granholm was elected as the state’s attorney general in 1998, and was also the first woman to serve in that role.

Granholm is a former CNN contributor.

This story has been updated with additional developments Thursday.

CNN’s Manu Raju, Jeff Zeleny, Dan Merica and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.