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Cabinet Nominations Rejected, Withdrawn, or No Action Taken


Unless noted, this list includes only nominations officially received by the Senate.
*=Nomination was never officially received by the Senate.
NomineePresidentPositionDate NominatedDate Rejected or WithdrawnVote
Roger B. Taney Andrew Jackson Treasury 1834_0623Jun 23, 1834 Rejected: Jun 24, 1834 18–28
Caleb Cushing1 John Tyler Treasury 1843_0302Mar 2, 1843 Rejected: Mar 3, 1843 19–27
David Henshaw John Tyler Navy 1843_1206Dec 6, 1843 Rejected: Jan 15, 1844 8–34
James M. Porter John Tyler War 1843_1206Dec 6, 1843 Rejected: Jan 30, 1844 3–38
James S. Green John Tyler Treasury 1844_0614Jun 14, 1844 Rejected: Jun 15, 1844 not recorded
Henry Stanbery Andrew Johnson Justice 1868_0527May 27, 1868 Rejected: Jun 2, 1868 11–29
Charles B. Warren2 Calvin Coolidge Justice 1925_0110Jan 10, 1925; renominated Mar 5, 1925 Rejected: Mar 10, 1925 39–41
Lewis L. Strauss Dwight Eisenhower Commerce 1959_0117Jan 17, 1959 Rejected: Jun 18, 1959 46–49
John G. Tower George Bush Defense 1989_0120Jan 20, 1989 Rejected: Mar 9, 1989 47–53
Lucius Stockton John Adams War 1801_0114Jan 14, 1801 Withdrawn: Jan 29, 1801
Henry Dearborn3 James Madison War 1815_0301Mar 1, 1815 Withdrawn: Mar 2, 1815
David Tod4 Abraham Lincoln Treasury 1864_0630Jun 30, 1864 Withdrawn: Jul 1, 1864
Edwin D. Morgan5 Abraham Lincoln Treasury 1865_0213Feb 13, 1865 Withdrawn: Feb 13, 1865
Benjamin Bristow6 Ulysses S. Grant Justice 1873_1201Dec 1, 1873 Withdrawn: Jan 8, 1874
Zoe E. Baird William J. Clinton Attorney General 1993_0120Jan 20, 1993 Withdrawn: Jan 26, 1993
Hershel W. Gober William J. Clinton Veterans Affairs 1997_0731Jul 31, 1997 Withdrawn: Oct 27, 1997
Thomas Ewing Sr. Andrew Johnson War 1868_0222Feb 22, 1868 Not reported from the committee.
Robert C. Wood Lyndon Johnson Housing and Urban Development 1969_0109Jan 9, 1969 Not reported from the committee.
Anthony Lake William J. Clinton Director, CIA 1997_0109Jan 9, 1997 Withdrawn: Apr 18, 1997
Linda Chavez George W. Bush Labor 2001_0102Jan 2, 2001 Withdrawn: Jan 9, 2001
Bernard Kerik George W. Bush Homeland Security 2004_1203Dec 3, 2004 Withdrawn: Dec 10, 2004
Bill Richardson* Barack Obama Commerce 2008_1203Announced: Dec 3, 2008 Withdrawn: Jan 4, 2009
Tom Daschle Barack Obama Health & Human Services 2008_1211Dec 11, 2008 Withdrawn: Feb 9, 2009
Judd Gregg* Barack Obama Commerce 2009_0202Announced: Feb 2, 2009 Withdrawn: Feb 12, 2009
Andrew Puzder Donald Trump Labor 2017_0120Jan 20, 2017 Withdrawn: Feb 28, 2017
Ronny Jackson Donald Trump Veterans Affairs 2018_0416Apr 16, 2018 Withdrawn: Jun 20, 2018

Footnotes:

1. President Tyler responded to the rejection by renominating Cushing twice on the same day, March 3, 1843. Both times, the Senate rejected the nomination, first by a vote of 10-27, and later by a vote of 2-29.

2. After the Senate rejected Warren, Coolidge renominated him on March 12, 1925. The Senate again rejected the nomination on March 16, 1925, by a vote of 39-46.

3. In Dearborn's case, the Senate voted to reject, but then allowed the nomination to be withdrawn.

4. David Tod declined the appointment.

5. Edwin Morgan declined the appointment.

6. Benjamin Bristow declined the appointment.