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Lyng Confirmed, Due To Be Sworn In

March 6, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Richard E. Lyng was confirmed 95-2 today by the Senate as secretary of agriculture. A spokesman said Lyng probably would be sworn in later in the day.

Senators William Proxmire, D-Wis., and Don Riegel, D-Mich., voted against Lyng, who was nominated by President Reagan to succeed John R. Block, who resigned last month after five years on the job.

There was no discussion or debate in the Senate vote. Lyng earlier had cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee without controversy.

At the Agriculture Department, spokesman Dave Lane said he expected Lyng to be sworn in later in the day ″so he can get a running start″ on the job on Friday. A ceremonial swearing-in probably will be held next week, he said.

Lyng, 67, was Block’s No. 2 official in the first four years of the Reagan administration. Lyng resigned early in 1985 to start his own agriculture consulting and lobbying firm.

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