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picture of congressman sprattLast Friday, President Obama announced he will nominate John Spratt to a key Administration post, that of Chairman of the United States Section, Permanent Joint Board on Defense, United States and Canada. See the official White House Press Release of Sept. 16. What is the Permanent Joint Board on Defense, you might ask? It was established in 1940 by President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Mackenzie King as the senior advisory body on continental military defense. The board consists of both Canadian and American military and civilian representatives.

SCPC received Congressman Spratt’s papers at the end of last year when he left the House. Congratulations, Mr. Spratt!

From the White House Press Release:

“John M. Spratt, Jr., is currently serving as Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Winthrop University. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 through 2010. He chaired the House Budget Committee and was second ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. Spratt practiced law in South Carolina and was the president of a small community bank.  He served on active duty as a Captain in the Army from 1969 to 1971. Mr. Spratt belongs to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council, and is also a member of the Board of the Parkinson’s Action Network.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Davidson College, a Master’s degree from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and a Law degree from Yale Law School.”

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