The Legislature’s budget-writing committee on Thursday unanimously approved Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination for state finance director, clearing the way for his likely confirmation by the state Senate.

The Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee voted 12-0 to approve Richard Rosen, a former Republican state lawmaker from Bucksport.

If confirmed by the full Senate, Rosen will become the commissioner for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. The department serves as the governor’s budget office while also overseeing Maine Revenue Services.

Rosen has been acting commissioner since the retirement of Sawin Millett in May. Rosen had been the governor’s director of the Office of Policy and Management.

The department Rosen will lead plays a key role in drafting the governor’s budget.

Rosen has played an active role in promoting the governor’s $6.3 billion budget, which includes a massive overhaul of the tax code.

Rosen is a graduate of the University of Maine.