The Senate has confirmed President Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to El Salvador.
Six months after the nomination seemed dead, the Senate voted 62-37 Thursday to cut off debate and pave the way for approval of Mari Carmen Aponte.
Her nomination won final confirmation on a voice vote less than an hour later.
The Washington lawyer and Hispanic activist served as ambassador in San Salvador from September 2010 to December 2011. Facing GOP opposition, Obama had made her a recess appointee, but her temporary tenure ran out at year's end.
Nine Republicans joined all the Democrats and independents on Thursday's vote.
Majority Leader Harry Reid said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton personally lobbied on Aponte's behalf in the days leading up to the vote.