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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Isakson Praises Nominations of Foulke, Stickler for OSHA, Labor Positions
Isakson Chairs Senate Subcommittee with Jurisdiction Over Employment Issues  

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) today praised the decision by President George Bush to nominate Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and Richard Stickler to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health. 

Isakson is a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), and he chairs the subcommittee that has jurisdiction over employment issues.

"President Bush has nominated two outstanding individuals to serve at the Department of Labor," Isakson said. "These positions are extremely important to ensuring the safety of American workers, and I plan on working with Chairman Enzi and all the members of the HELP Committee to assure expedient confirmation."

Foulke, of South Carolina, is a Partner with the law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP in Greenville, S.C. He previously served as Chairman of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and also served as an adjunct professor at St. Mary's Dominican College in New Orleans, La. He received his bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University and his juris doctorate from Loyola University. He received his master's degree from Georgetown University.

Stickler, of West Virginia, served as the Director of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Deep Mine Safety. He previously worked for Beth Energy Mines, Inc. for 30 years.  During that time, Stickler held a number of positions including manager, superintendent and shift foreman. He received his bachelor's degree from Fairmont State College.