Bush nominates new RRB chairman

According to a press release issued by the White House on January 21, President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate Michael Schwartz to the office of Chairman of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

A resident of Illinois, Schwartz would serve as Chairman of the RRB for the remainder of a five-year term expiring August 28, 2007.

Schwartz is the retired Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. He received his bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and earned his master's degree from the University of Illinois. He would replace Cherryl T. Thomas, whose term has expired. She was appointed Chair of the RRB by President Clinton in 1998.

As Chairman, Schwartz would join Labor Member V. M. Speakman, Jr. and Management Member Jerome F. Kever on the three-member Board that heads the RRB.

Schwartz's nomination was received in the Senate on January 21 and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


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