On Wednesday, the Senate confirmed Trump’s nominee, David Zatezalo, for a key employment-related position: Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Mr. Zatezalo is the former Chief Executive Officer of the coal mining company, Rhino Resources.

Democratic Senators, including Joe Manchin from mining-heavy West Virginia, have publicly opposed Mr. Zatezalo’s confirmation, citing Rhino Resources’ MSHA violations under his leadership. Despite opposition, Mr. Zatezalo was confirmed to the position by a 52-46 vote along party lines, with all 52 Republican Senators voting to confirm Mr. Zatezalo. Mr. Zatezalo was approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in October, also on party lines (12-11).

As the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Mr. Zatezalo will manage the MSHA, which regulates safety and health in all types of mines in the US. For more information on Mr. Zatezalo’s background and other key nominees refer to our previous post on his nomination.

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Megan was a Frantz Ward Summer Associate before becoming an Associate with the firm. Megan received her J.D., summa cum laude,  from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She was an Academic Excellence Fellow, member of the Cleveland State Law Review, and received the Law Justice Scholarship.

During law school, Megan served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Judge Christopher Boyko of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Among other experiences, she analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of attorney briefs to provide recommendations on the grant of summary judgment and drafted judicial orders. Additionally, Megan was a Law Clerk for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office where she conducted legal research and drafted documents for filing in court including memoranda in opposition to motions to suppress and memoranda in opposition to motions for jail credit. Furthermore, Megan was a Legal Intern for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights in 2014.

Prior to law school, Megan taught Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten in New York City through Teach for America. Megan holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Lehman College of the City University of New York. Megan also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Dayton.