The U.S. Senate has confirmed Stephen Dickson as FAA administrator. 

The 52-40 party line vote came Wednesday in Washington, just two weeks after President Trump's controversial nominee won the approval of the Senate commerce committee, also along party lines. 

Stephen Dickson
Stephen Dickson

Democrats opposed the nomination amid an ongoing lawsuit filed by Delta pilot Karlene Petitt, which alleges that Dickson played a role in retaliating against her after she reported safety concerns while he was the carrier's senior vice president of flight operations. 

In a statement Wednesday, the trade group Airlines for America (A4A) applauded the Senate for confirming Dickson.

"Steve Dickson is uniquely qualified to serve as Administrator of the FAA," said A4A CEO Nicholas Calio. "He has the vision, knowledge and experience to lead the FAA at this crucial time for the agency and for commercial aviation."

Dickson replaces acting FAA administrator Dan Elwell, who has held that post since the five-year term of former FAA administrator Michael Huerta ended in January 2018. 

He takes over an embattled FAA due to its certification of the flawed Boeing 737 Max aircraft.

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