Florida Congressman Porter Goss was approved Wednesday by the U.S. Senate to head the Central Intelligence Agency.
Goss replaces George Tenet, who resigned amid criticism about its handling of intelligence prior to the September 11 attacks and provided erroneous information concerning weapons of mass destruction.
"This is an important thing. We have a lot of demands on the intelligence community. This man is qualified by his military experience, by the fact that he was a CIA agent and the fact that he was head of the intelligence committee in the House, so he's the right choice and he'll do a good job," Lott said.
Goss was confirmed by a wide margin, 77 to 17, after a six hour debate on the Senate floor.