Bernanke count: 25 senators support, 13 oppose

Twenty-five senators have publicly supported Ben Bernanke for another term as Federal Reserve chairman while 13 are opposed, according to a survey conducted by The Hill.

The survey suggests that after a rocky Thursday, Bernanke's nomination picked up steam on Friday. An ABC News report on Thursday night that raised doubts about Bernanke's confirmation triggered panic on Wall Street Friday.

Bernanke appears to be on his way to be confirmed, but it's far from a done deal. Bernanke attracted 16 yes votes in the Banking Committee and 7 nos. Since then, Bernanke has picked up nine public endorsements and six nos.

Several senators have holds on Bernanke's nomination, which will require 60 votes to overcome.

Twenty-five senators voted against the 2008 Wall Street rescue package that was pushed by Bernanke. Of the 23 who are still in the Senate, 10 are opposed to Bernanke and three (Sens. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.)) have publicly supported him. The others are undecided or did not return phone calls to The Hill.

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who backed the 2008 financial rescue measure, oppose Bernanke's nomination. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who also opposes Bernanke's nomination, was not in the upper chamber when the bailout passed.

Of the 25 who back Bernanke, 17 are Democrats and eight are Republicans. Of the 13 who oppose him, eight are Republicans, along with four Democrats and one independent.

A run down of the senators' positions on Bernanke follows.

(Note: Senators who backed Bernanke in the Banking Committee are in the yes column. However, a few -- -- including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) -- could change their vote on the floor. Brown voted yes in the Banking panel, but left his options open on his floor vote. Senators not listed are undecided or did not comment.)


Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)

Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)

Jack Reed (D-R.I.)

Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Evan Bayh (D-Ind.)

Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)

Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii)

Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

Jon Tester (D-Mont.)

Herb Kohl (D-Wis.)

Mark Warner (D-Va.)

Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)

Bob Bennett (R-Utah)

Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Mike Johanns (R-Neb.)

Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

Richard Burr (R-N.C.)

Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)

Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

Mary Landrieu (D-La.)

Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.)

Tom Carper (D-Del.)

Max Baucus (D-Mont.)


Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)

Jim Bunning (R-Ky.)

Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)

David Vitter (R-La.)

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)

Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)

Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)

Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)

Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.)

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Bob Cusack contributed to this report.

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