Nominations for vital business posts were recently announced by the incoming Baker administration. The candidates chosen are well-known and , as a result, their nominations have been met with little fanfare but, more importantly, little protest.
Baker named John Chapman as his new Undersecretary for Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. This is a key position for Chapman, as it represents a substantial promotion for the Cape Cod based Republican who first appeared on to the radar of most party voters last year when he challenged William Keating for a seat in Congress. Positions previously held by Chapman included postings as Commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents, as well as Undersecretary for the Office of Economic Development. Both of these positions were held during the administration of the former Governor, Mitt Romney.
Meanwhile, in a true milestone in the history of Massachusetts state politics, the administration has announced that its nominee for Assistant Secretary of Business Development will be Nam Pham. Mr. Pham, a Vietnamese American, is currently serving as the outgoing director of VietAID, the largest community development foundation focused on the needs of American citizens of Vietnamese descent. Pham has been a long time political ally of Baker.
Both of the nominees will serve under the supervision of Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.
More information on these new postings is expected to be released shortly.