Senate confirms Trump's first chief technology officer

Senate confirms Trump's first chief technology officer
© Greg Nash

The Senate voted on Thursday to confirm Michael Kratsios as the Trump administration's first chief technology officer and the White House's top tech adviser.

Kratsios had been serving in the position on an acting basis and as a deputy assistant to the president since 2017.

During that time, he has led the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising the president on issues like next-generation wireless networks and artificial intelligence.

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He was confirmed by a voice vote Thursday as senators were leaving the capital for a monthlong recess.

Kratsios is the fourth person to hold the position. Former President Obama created the office in 2009 to help advise on tech policy and streamline government operations.

Before joining the Trump White House, Kratsios was a principal at the venture capital firm founded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire tech entrepreneur who's been a staunch Trump supporter and donor.

Updated at 3:57 p.m.