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Richard Anderson appointed Amtrak President, Chief Executive Officer

June 28, 2107: Richard Anderson has been appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, effective on July 12, 2017. Anderson has worked in the aviation industry for twenty-five years, and he was previously the CEO of Delta and Northwest Airlines. As the Amtrak President and CEO, Anderson succeeds current CEO Wick Moorman, who joined Amtrak in September, 2016, as a transitional CEO charged with improving the company’s operations, streamlining its organizational structure, and helping to recruit his successor. Anderson, 62, was most recently the executive chairman of the Delta Air Lines board of directors after working as the airline’s CEO from 2007 to 2016. He was an executive vice president at United Healthcare from 2004 to 2007, and the CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2001 to 2004. Northwest later merged with Delta. Anderson also previously worked at the legal division at Continental Airlines, and he was a former County Prosecutor. Anderson received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law. He is a native of Galveston, Texas, where his father worked for the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Andy Boatright hired as Acting Director, Independence (Missouri) Power and Light

  

June 28, 2017: Leon Daggett announced on Monday, June 26, 2017, that he plans to retire soon as the Director of the Independence Power and Light (IPL) in Independence, Missouri. Daggett has held the post for more than ten years, and he has worked in the utilities industry for more than fifty years. Daggett came to Independence in October, 2006. He was previously the General Manager for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities for ten years, and the Executive Vice-President of AMP-Ohio. “I've been doing this for 43 years, and been in the business for more than 50. We got the new building [Utilities Center] done, and now maybe it's time," Daggett told The Examiner. Andy Boatright, who joined IPL in 2016 as the agency’s Deputy Director, has been named to succeed Daggett as IPL’s Acting Director. Boatright recently finished a one-year term as the chairman of the American Public Power Association's board.

Kristine Svinicki confirmed as U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Member

  

June 28, 2017: Kristine L. Svinicki was confirmed as a Member of the U.S. Nuclear Regualtory Commission (NRC) by the U.S. Senate on Monday, June 26, 2017. Svinicki, of Virginia, was confirmed for a five-year term that ends on June 30, 2022. Svinicki was nominated on May 22, 2017. Svinicki has been the NRC Chairman since January, 2017. She has been an NRC Member since 2008. Before that, she held several staff positions in the U.S. Senate, including working as Professional Staff Member for the Committee on Armed Services. Earlier in her career, she was an energy engineer at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission in Madison, Wisconsin.

Brenda Burman nominated as Commissionter, Bureau of Reclamation, Interior Department

  

June 28, 2017: Brenda Burman was nominated as the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday, June 26, 2017. Burman, of Arizona, is currently the Director of Water Strategy at the Salt River Project, which operates one of the original Reclamation projects, which was approved in 1903. Burman has worked for nearly twenty years on Western water issues, including tribal water settlements, the Colorado River, and other river basin issues. During the George W. Bush Administration, Burman was Reclamation’s Deputy Commissioner, and the Interior Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science. Burman received her law degree from the University of Arizona.

Peter Davidson nominated as Commerce Department General Counsel

  

June 28, 2017: Peter B. Davidson was nominated as the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday, June 26, 2017. Davidson, of Virginia, was recently the Senior Vice President for Congressional Relations at Verizon. Before that, he was the General Counsel for the U.S. Trade Representative. Davidson has also worked as the vice president for Congressional relations at USWEST and Qwest; as the General Counsel and Policy Director for the U.S. House Majority Leader; as an Attorney-Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice; and as the Director of Congressional and Media Relations at the U.S. Information Agency. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Douglas Domenech nominated as Interior Department Assistant Secretary, Insular Affairs

  

June 28, 2017: Douglas W. Domenech was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday, June 26, 2017. Domenech, of Virginia, is currently a Senior Adviser to the Interior Secretary. Domenech was previously the Secretary of the Virginia Department of Natural Resources. He also previously worked for the Forest Resources Association. Domenech was previously a White House Liaison and a Deputy Chief of Staff at the Interior Department during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

Leon Daggett to retire soon as Director, Independence (Missouri) Power and Light

  

June 28, 2017: Leon Daggett announced on Monday, June 26, 2017, that he plans to retire soon as the Director of the Independence Power and Light (IPL) in Independence, Missouri. Daggett has held the post for more than ten years, and he has worked in the utilities industry for more than fifty years. Daggett came to Independence in October, 2006. He was previously the General Manager for the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities for ten years, and the Executive Vice-President of AMP-Ohio. “I've been doing this for 43 years, and been in the business for more than 50. We got the new building [Utilities Center] done, and now maybe it's time," Daggett told The Examiner. Andy Boatright, who joined IPL in 2016 as the agency’s Deputy Director, has been named to succeed Daggett as IPL’s Acting Director. Boatright recently finished a one-year term as the chairman of the American Public Power Association's board.