ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Washington Rep. John Pennington has been appointed director of Region 10 for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The region oversees operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Pennington was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1994 and has been Republican speaker Pro Tem since 1996.
In his four terms of office, he has been active on several House committees. He also chairs the National Conference of State Legislatures Advisory Council on Energy and represents the Pacific Northwest states on the Environmental Protection Agency's national air quality panel.
''John's years of experience as a state legislator will make him very effective as my representative,'' FEMA director Joe M. Allbaugh said. ''His knowledge of the needs and capabilities of state and local leaders will be invaluable as FEMA works with its partners on preparedness for, and response to, disasters.''
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