Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, has become the 10th administrator of the Department of Transportation’s Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
Sutton was sworn in by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who administered the oath of office.
“She brings a wealth of experience from her years of service at the city, county, state and federal levels of government,” said Craig H. Middlebrook, SLSDC deputy administrator. “She is well versed in the issues of maritime commerce and will be an innovative leader of the SLSDC.”
Sutton represented Ohio’s 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House from 2007 to 2012. She was also a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and was co-chair of the Congressional Jobs Task Force.
“I want to thank President Obama for appointing me to this critical position at the Department of Transportation,” said Sutton said. “Coming from the Great Lakes region, I fully appreciate the importance of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System not only to international commerce and to our national transportation system, but to the economic vitality of the Great Lakes area.”
From 2001 to 2006, Sutton worked as an attorney at Faulkner, Muskovitz & Phillips. She was a representative in the Ohio State House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000, and from 1991 to 1993, she was a member and then vice president of the Summit County Council. Sutton also served as a member of the Barberton City Council from 1990 to 1991.