Pam Patenaude was advanced by the Senate Banking Committee on Wednesday afternoon as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, although she still must pass the Senate confirmation vote. The Senate Banking Committee vote took place in the Capital and was recorded by voice vote.
Patenaude was received favorably by all members of the committee, aside from Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who requested to be recorded as a no vote. Patenaude’s hearing and testimony with the Senate Banking committee took place on June 6 and her nomination was sent to the Senate on April 28.
She has received much praise from organizations in the housing and mortgage industry since it was first announced that she was being considered for the position of Deputy Secretary. On June 5, just before her hearing, the The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) sent a letter to the Chair, Senator Mike Crapo and ranking member Sherrod Brown proclaiming the organization’s support of Patenaude’s nomination, saying she “has shown a deep understanding not only of federal housing programs but also of the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local government in delivering housing resources.”
Patenaude currently serves as President of the J. Roland Terwilliger Foundation, and is no stranger to the HUD. Under the George W. Bush administration, she was the assistant secretary for community, planning, and development. Prior to that, she was Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, and earned her B.S. from Saint Anselm College and her Master of Science Community Economic Development degree from South New Hampshire University.
Secretary Ben Carson, in an official statement on the nomination of Pam Patenaude as HUD Deputy Secretary, said:
“Pam’s extensive knowledge of housing issues and dedicated service tooth's Department under two previous administrations makes her an exceptional choice for the position of Deputy Secretary … She will bring a wealth of experience and steady leadership to HUD in her new role. I look forward to working with her to achieve more efficient and effective housing policies that create jobs, strengthen communities, and ensure safe, affordable housing for all Americans.”