The Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Harris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia Biden to stump with McAuliffe Tuesday MORE's nominee to head the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole. 

The former FBI deputy director was cleared by the Homeland Security Committee on Friday. He becomes the first permanent chief at the airport security agency since Obama took office in 2009. 

Two previous nominees, former FBI agent Erroll Southers and retired Gen. Robert Harding, were forced to withdraw their nominations due to controversies involving their past jobs. 

But Pistole garnered widespread support from senators leading up to his confirmation. In his FBI post, he played a pivotal role in the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, who was arrested for the attempted Times Square bombing in New York City last month.

Shahzad was taken off an airplane bound for Dubai at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport two days after the bomb attempt was foiled.