Four More Administration Appointees Announced
By Ed O'Keefe
While most of official Washington lays low for the Passover and Good Friday holidays, President Obama has announced his intention to nominate four more individuals to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Maryland's secretary of transportation John D. Porcari will serve as Ray LaHood's deputy if confirmed by the Senate. He first served as Maryland's transportation chief from 1999 to 2002, leading the development and construction of two high-profile transportation projects in the greater Washington region. He led the planning and start of the InterCounty Connector between Montgomery and Prince Georges County, Md., and the development and funding to reconstruct the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, a critical piece of Washington's infamous Beltway that connects Maryland with Virginia. In between two tours of duty at Maryland DOT, he served as the chief administrative and financial officer at the University of Maryland.
Larry EchoHawk has been tapped to serve as Interior's assistant secretary for Indian Affairs. The first Native America elected to a statewide office, he served as Idaho's attorney general from 1991 to 1995. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1994 and has since taught at Brigham Young University's J. Reuben Clark Law School, teaching courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and federal Indian law. He is a Mormon and member the Pawnee tribe.
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April 10, 2009; 3:38 PM ET
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