Aug 14, 2013 — The new Administrator for the U.S. side of the St. Lawrence Seaway was officially sworn in at a ceremony in Washington yesterday. Betty Sutton becomes the tenth person to hold the post and the second woman.
Betty Sutton is a former Congresswoman from Ohio. She served a district that included Akron and a slice of Lake Erie. She spearheaded the “Cash for Clunkers” program that shored up the auto industry there during her term from 2007 to 2012. The Democrat lost her seat after redistricting forced her into a new district.
According to a press release, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx administered the oath of office. Sutton said in the release she appreciated the importance of the Seaway to the “economic vitality of the Great Lakes area.”
Sutton succeeds interim Administrator Craig Middlebrooks, who has been filling in since last year, when George W. Bush appointee Terry Johnson was unexpectedly fired from the post.
The Administrator position carries a seven year term. Seaway officials say Sutton plans to make her first trip to the St. Lawrence River and Seaway operations in Massena “in the very near future.”