The Senate confirmed Michelle “Miki” Bowman to the Federal Reserve Board by a 64 to 34 vote. She becomes the first person to fill the vacant community banking seat, which was mandated by Congress.

Earlier this week, WBA joined ICBA and a coalition of 42 state associations and sent a joint letter to senators urging Bowman’s speedy confirmation given her unique understanding of community bank challenges and the role of regulators.