The state Senate has unanimously confirmed former U.S. Rep. Tim Holden to serve on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

The Senate's confirmation Wednesday came a day after Holden was vetted in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, where he received unanimous approval by members of the committee.

Holden, who represented Berks and Schuylkill counties in Congress for two decades, replaces a PLCB spot previously held by fellow Democrat Patrick J. Stapleton III.

"I’m honored that Gov. [Tom] Corbett nominated me to serve on the PLCB," Holden said. "I want to express my sincere thanks to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa.  I truly appreciate Sen. [David] Argall’s assistance for his help in introducing me to the Senate Law and Justice Committee and the Senate Republican Caucus."

Argall, a Republican who represents part of Berks and all of Schuylkill counties, delivered the opening remarks during the committee hearing on Holden’s nomination Tuesday. He said it's time to put down partisan rhetoric.

"While there is a time and place for partisanship, today is a day to get something worthwhile accomplished on a completely bipartisan basis," Argall said. "I know Tim will serve the people of Pennsylvania well in his new role."

Holden will be formally sworn in during a ceremony Thursday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in Pottsville.

The PLCB is governed by a three-member board, appointed by the governor and confirmed by two-thirds of the state Senate. Holden will join current board members Joseph E. Brion, chairman, and Robert S. Marcus.