March 27, 2009
Obama picks Ray Mabus as Secretary of the Navy
President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate Ray Mabus as Secretary of the Navy, Department of Defense
A White House announcement noted that "Ray Mabus has served as Governor of Mississippi, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Chairman and CEO of Foamex, a large manufacturing company. As the youngest governor of Mississippi in more than 100 years at the time of his election, he stressed education and job creation. He passed B.E.S.T. (Better Education for Success Tomorrow), one of the most comprehensive education reform programs in America and was named one or Fortune Magazine's top ten education governors. During his tenure as Ambassador, a crisis with Iraq was successfully deterred and Saudi Arabia officially abandoned the boycott of United States businesses that trade with Israel. He was chosen CEO of Foamex to help lead it out of bankruptcy. Less than nine months after his appointment, Foamex successfully emerged from Chapter 11. Governor Mabus has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, the U.S. Army's Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Martin Luther King Social Responsibility Award from the King Center in Atlanta, the National Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Award, the King Abdul Aziz Award from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Mississippi Association of Educators' Friend of Education Award."
Not noted by the White House: Governor Mabus served on the board of Friede Goldman Halter.
In May 2007, Governor Mabus endorsed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-IL, for president, and served as senior adviser and surrogate speaker to the campaign. Our photograph of Governor Mabus was actually taken by Barack Obama on the campaign trail.