New OMB director has local ties
Julia Roberts Goad Civitas News Service
Civitas News Service
WASHINGTON - A woman with roots in Mingo County has been appointed to be Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a native of Hinton, was confirmed in the Senate by unanimous vote this on Wednesday.
Burwell has close ties to the Tug Valley. Her uncles are local businessmen, Charlie and Nick Maroudas and her first cousin is Nicole McNamee, owner of Hurley Drug. Her mother, Cleo Mathews is a graduate of Williamson High, is a former Mayor of Hinton and member of West Virginia Board of Education.
Burwell graduated from Harvard where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She was deputy director of Management and Budget from 1998 to 2001 and served under President Clinton, negotiating balanced budgets with Congress.
She left government for 12 years and worked for the Wal-Mart Foundation, the Gates Foundation and MetLife.
When Senator Jay Rockefeller today congratulated Burwell, he said her West Virginia roots
would help her overcome bipartisanship.
“I have been privileged to know Sylvia and her family as personal friends for many years and have always proudly supported her career in public service—from Hinton, West Virginia all the way to the White House as a top staff member of the Clinton Administration,” Rockefeller said. “I have been privileged to know Sylvia and her family as personal friends for many years and have always proudly supported her career in public service—from Hinton, West Virginia all the way to the White House as a top staff member of the Clinton Administration. Sylvia’s abundant knowledge and budget experience make her the right person to take on our country’s fiscal challenges. The overwhelming bipartisan support Sylvia received during her confirmation proves that. In addition to her impressive experience, she is humble—sticking to her West Virginia roots—and dedicated to helping those in most need. I know she will exceed expectations in her new position.”
“The fact that Sylvia worked so closely with Erskine Bowles one of the architects of the best template to get our finances in order and helped produce the last balanced budget and budget surplus our country enjoyed over a decade ago, proves that she can help us get our long-term fiscal house in order,” Sen. Joe Manchin.
Manchin has supported the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction recommendations.
“I look forward to working alongside a fellow West Virginian as we work on common sense solutions to control our spending and once again become a fiscally responsible nation,” Manchin said.
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