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8/7/2008



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NTSB: Bush backs Rosenker as vice chairman, Hersman as board member


President George W. Bush recently announced his intention to appoint Mark Rosenker vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for a two-year term beginning Aug. 9.

Rosenker currently serves as NTSB chairman, but his two-year term is expiring. He previously served as the board's vice chairman shortly after joining the NTSB in 2003.

Prior to joining the board, Rosenker was deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Military Office. He also served stints as managing director of United Network for Organ Sharing's Washington, D.C., office and vice president of public affairs for the Electronic Industries Alliance.

President Bush also has nominated Deborah Hersman as a NTSB member for a five-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2009. She currently is a board member - her term expires Dec. 31 - and has served the NTSB since June 2004.

Hersman previously was a senior professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. She also served as staff director and senior legislative aide to former Rep. Bob Wise of West Virginia.

An independent federal agency, the NTSB investigates railroad, aviation, highway, marine and pipeline accidents, and issues safety recommendations aimed at preventing transportation accidents.


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