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Senate HELP Committee Approves NLRB, Education, Mine Safety Nominees

All four nominees are now ready for consideration by the full Senate.

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 — Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after the committee approved four nominees with “impressive qualifications.” 

Alexander on John Ring, nominated to serve as a member of the National Labor Relations Board: “Mr. Ring has varied experiences that will be a strength as a member of the nation’s labor board – he has worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters while attending college and law school, and has been a management lawyer with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius since 1988. I urge the Senate to swiftly to confirm Mr. Ring.” 

Alexander on Frank Brogan, nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education: “Mr. Brogan brings nearly every possible perspective to this position having served as an elementary school teacher, principal, and superintendent, and as Florida’s Commissioner of Education and lieutenant governor. As we work on legislation to allow states to make their schools safer, Mr. Brogan brings a unique perspective, having prevented a school shooting while assistant principal, so I hope the Senate will quickly confirm him.” 

Alexander on Mark Schneider, nominated to serve as Director of the Institute of Education Services: “Dr. Schneider will oversee the statistics, research and evaluation arm of the Department and brings experience having led the National Center for Education Statistics at the Department and his work at the American Institutes for Research, where he is currently Vice President and Institute Fellow and President of College Measures.”

Alexander on Marco Rajkovich, nominated to serve as a member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission: “Mr. Rajkovich brings impressive qualifications to this role – having worked as a mining engineer, on surveying crews, as a ventilation foreman, and, for the last 30 years, as a lawyer practicing mine safety and health law, and I hope the Senate will quickly confirm him.”