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Spec. Ed. Nominee Wins Committee OK

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A key Senate panel has signed off on President Bush’s choice to become the Department of Education’s new assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services.

John H. Hager, a former lieutenant governor and homeland-security chief in Virginia, was unanimously approved Sept. 22 in an executive session of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Mr. Hager was elected in 1997 to a four-year term as lieutenant governor along with then-Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, a Republican. He served at the same time as the chairman of the state’s disability commission.

If confirmed by the full Senate, Mr. Hager will replace Robert H. Pasternack, a former state director of special education from New Mexico, who left the assistant secretary’s post in January.

Vol. 24, Issue 05, Page 21

Published in Print: September 29, 2004, as Spec. Ed. Nominee Wins Committee OK

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