DOL Nominee: Lisa Gomez
Nominated to be the Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security
Nomination announced: July 27, 2021
Lisa Gomez is a lawyer with Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP. She has focused on issues involving multiemployer pension plans and health benefit plans. The position of Assistant Secretary for Employee Benefits Security is charged with managing and enforcing federal policies for private-sector employee health and retirement benefits. Already during the Biden administration, the Employee Benefits Security Administration has said it would not enforce a Trump administration rule limiting a controversial practice of plan fiduciaries considering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria when investing funds from retirement accounts rather than financial considerations.
Nomination Status: On June 8, 2022, the Senate vote on confirmation of Lisa Gomez failed in a 50-50 tie. Vice President Harris was not in Washington, DC to cast a tie-breaking vote for confirmation. Majority Leader Schumer, using a procedural tool, switched his vote to Nay and filed a motion to reconsider Gomez’s nomination at a later date.
VIDEO: Senate Nomination Hearing for Lisa Gomez
October 7, 2021, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions