This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed Christopher J. Williamson as the assistant secretary of labor for Mine Safety and Health (MSHA). He was backed by the United Mine Workers of America. He most recently served as senior counsel to Lauren McFerran, who chairs the National Labor Relations Board.

He previously served in a political position at MSHA under the Obama administration and as a policy advisor to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).