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Conor Lamb, Democrat, elected to Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District seat in U.S. House of Representatives

March 23, 2018: Conor J. Lamb has been elected to the Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, as Republican candidate Rick Saccone officially conceded defeat in the race on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. “Just got off the phone with my opponent,” Lamb announced on Twitter, “who congratulated me & graciously conceded last Tuesday’s [Tuesday, March 14, 2018] election. I congratulate Mr. Saccone for a close, hard-fought race & wish him the best.” Saccone and Republican officials had suggested they might seek a recount in the tight race. But the official vote count, which started on Friday, March 16, 2018, found Lamb adding to his lead, ending Wednesday, March 21, 2018, more than 800 votes ahead of Saccone. Lamb will represent the Pittsburgh-area district through the end of 2018. He and Saccone are now candidates in new districts drawn by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court after it overruled a Republican-drawn map. Lamb and Saccone will be on the ballot again in 2018, but not against each other. Lamb is running for re-election against Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in the suburbs west of Pittsburgh in what'll become the 17th District, while Saccone is running for rural southwestern Pennsylvania's new 14th District. Lamb, 33, is a lawyer, former federal Prosecutor, and a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Lamb was a Prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh, where he led prosecutions of cases involving opioid-related deaths, violent crimes, and gun trafficking. Lamb graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006 with a B.A. degree in political science, and he received a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2009.

Patrick Donovan appointed as New Hampshire State Supreme Court Judge

March 23, 2018: Patrick E. Donovan was appointed as a New Hampshire State Supreme Court Judge by Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Donovan, of Salem, N.H., is currently a partner and owner of the Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC, which he opened in 2008. His practice focuses on civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts. Before he opened his own firm, he worked as a Legal Counsel at the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as an Assistant Attorney General and Senior Assistant Attorney General at the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Donovan received his law degree from the Boston College Law School in 1990. After law school, he clerked for New Hampshire Supreme Court Judge Stephen Thayer. Donovan subsequently worked for four years as an associate at Goodwin Procter in Boston, where he focused on environmental litigation, before he moved to the New Hampshire Department of Justice in 1994.

David Ryder confirmed as U.S. Mint Director

March 23, 2018: David J. Ryder was confirmed as the Director of the U.S. Mint at the U.S. Department of the Treasury by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Ryder, of New Jersey, was previously the Global Business Development Manager and the Managing Director of Currency for Honeywell Authentication Technologies. He was also previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Secure Products Corporation, which was acquired by Honeywell in 2007. Ryder was previously the U.S. Mint Director from September, 1992, to November, 1993. He was also the Deputy Treasurer at the Treasury Department; and an Assistant to the Vice President and Deputy Chief of Staff for former Vice President Dan Quayle. Ryder Attended Boise State University.

Joella Fortier appointed as Massachusetts Orange District Court Clerk Magistrate

March 23, 2018: Joella E. Fortier was appointed as a Massachusetts Orange District Court Clerk Magistrate by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Fortier, of Belchertown, has worked at the District Court for more than seventeen years. She was previously an Assistant District Attorney, An Assistant Clerk Magistrate and a First Assistant Clerk Magistrate. She was appointed as the Acting Clerk in Orange in January, 2017. Before she started working at the Orange District Court, Fortier worked at MassMutual Financial Group as a disability claim examiner. She spent her early legal career working as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Juvenile Court and then as an Assistant District Attorney and Attorney-In-Charge at the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Fortier received her law degree from the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., where she later worked as an Assistant Director of Admissions.

James Claypool appointed Member, Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board

March 23, 2018: James Claypool was appointed as a Member of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board on Monday, March 19, 2016, by Gov. Matt Bevin. Claypool, of Park Hills, is a retired professor of history. He has taught at Murray State University and Northern Kentucky University. On the Board, Claypool will represent professionally-recognized historians. His term ends on July 15, 2020. The Board is charged with considering whether proposed National Register nominations meet National Park Service National Register criteria. Board Members assist the Park Service with determining a property’s eligibility for the National Register. The National Park Service is a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Thomas Workman confirmed as Member, U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council

March 23, 2018: Thomas E. Workman was confirmed as a Member of the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council, for a six-year term, by the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Workman, of New York, was previously the president and chief executive officer of the Life Insurance Council of New York, Inc., from 1999 to 2016. The Council represented seventy-three life insurers and twenty-two law, actuarial and accounting companies. From 1973 to 1999, Workman practiced law at Bricker and Eckler LLP in Columbus, Ohio. He was the Chairman of the Insurance Law Practice Group and he was the legislative counsel to the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies. Workman received his law degree from The Ohio State University.

Sarah Stewart appointed as Commissioner, New Hampshire Natural and Cultural Resources Department

March 23, 2018: Sarah C. Stewart was appointed as the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources by Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Stewart, of Manchester, N.H., currently works in the private sector for B-Fresh Consulting, a small business that she started. She is also a Member of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and she is on the Board of the New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts.