Members of the Senate confirmed Preston Rutledge as the head of the Employee Benefits Security Administration Thursday, by a voice vote.
Rutledge, who will be an assistant secretary of Labor, succeeds Phyllis Borzi.
Rutledge has been the senior tax and benefits counsel for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
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Before going to work for Hatch, Rutledge was a tax law specialist at the Internal Revenue Service. He has also worked as a benefits lawyer in private practice.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho, a law degree from George Washington University, and an L.L.M. in taxation from Georgetown University.
As the head of EBSA, Rutledge will oversee a low-profile division of the U.S. Department of Labor that shapes and administers group benefits regulation.