Mingo native picked to lead MSHA

Christopher Williamson
Christopher Williamson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Mingo County man is President Joe Biden’s pick to oversee mine safety efforts.

Christopher Williamson, who is a native of Dingess, is currently senior counsel with the National Labor Relations Board. On Friday, the president nominated him to be assistant secretary for mine safety and health at the Department of Labor.

“Chris Williamson is the most knowledgeable expert on mine safety and health in Washington today,” the United Mine Workers union said in a statement. “His in-depth understanding of what it takes to keep miners safer and healthier at work is unmatched, and I expect that the Mine Safety and Health Administration will be a stronger advocate for miners under his watch.”

Williamson is the second consecutive West Virginia native to lead MSHA. If his selection is finalized, he would replace David Zatezala, of Wheeling.

Williamson’s nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

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