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Noel Francisco confirmed as Justice Department Solicitor General

Sept. 21, 2017: Noel J. Francisco was confirmed as the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. Francisco, 48, Washington, D.C. Republican, was confirmed by a 50-47 vote in the Senate. Francisco succeeds Acting Solicitor Jeff Wall. Francisco received his law degree in 1996 from the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Francisco was a Law Clerk for Judge J. Michael Luttig of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and then for U.S. Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia during the 1997 term. Francisco started his legal career at Cooper, Carvin and Rosenthal, which is now known as Cooper and Kirk. In 2001, he was appointed as the Associate Counsel to former President George W. Bush at the Office of Counsel to the President. He later moved to the Office of Legal Counsel for the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department, working in that position from 2003 to 2005. In 2005, he moved to the private sector, joining the Washington, D.C. law firm Jones Day, eventually being named the chairman of the firm's Government Regulation Practice. He remained with Jones Day until his appointment as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General. During his tenure at Jones Day, he appeared several times before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Alabama Education Superintendent resigns

Sept. 21, 2017: Michael Sentance resigned as the Alabama State Superintendent of Education on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Sentance resigned after just a little more than one year in office. Before he came to Alabama, Sentance worked as an education consultant, and he has worked with state, federal, local officials, and advocacy groups on strategies to improve public education. He has also worked as the Massachusetts Secretary of Education; as the Senior Education Adviser to Massachusetts Governors William Weld and Paul Cellucci; and he held a senior-level position at the U.S. Department of Education.

Christopher Nunn appointed Commissioner, Georgia Community Affairs Department

Sept. 21, 2017: Christopher Nunn has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), effective on October 1, 2017. Nunn succeeds Camila Knowles, who plans to resign at the end of September, 2017, to take a position in the private sector. Nunn is currently the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services. He was previously the Deputy Commissioner of DCA. Before he joined state government, Nunn led a midsize, Atlanta-based professional services company, and he worked as a management consultant focused on strategic planning, leadership development and process improvement. A native of Perry, Nunn received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s degree from the University of St. Andrews.

William Castle appointed Principal Deputy General Counsel, Defense Department

Sept. 21, 2017: William S. Castle was appointed as the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Castle was most recently the Chief Counsel at U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch’s office. castle was previously the Minority General Counsel at the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senior National Security Counsel for Hatch. Castle graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Colin Jackson appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, Defense Department

Sept. 21, 2017: Colin F. Jackson was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of Defense on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Jackson was most recently the Director of the Advanced Strategist Program at the U.S. Naval War College. Jackson graduated from Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shawn Ryan appointed Commissioner, Georgia Administrative Services Department

Sept. 21, 2017: Shawn Ryan has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Administrative Services, effective on October 1, 2017. Ryan, of Atlanta, is currently the President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which administers the state’s post-secondary scholarship, grant and financial aid programs. Ryan was previously the Director of Georgia’s Integrated Eligibility System and the Director of Communications for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Ryan previously worked in Washington, D.C., for more than ten years, working at the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He also worked as the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Heritage Foundation, a private, non-governmental political organization.

Emily Mate appointed Special Assistant, Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Navy Secretary

Sept. 21, 2017: Emily G. Mate was appointed as the Special Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff to the U.S. Navy Secretary on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Mate was most recently the president of Impel LLC. Mate is a Member of the U.S. National Guard Reserve. She graduated from the University of Akron, Georgetown University, Boston University and the National Intelligence University.