Former State Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches) was nominated yesterday by Pres. Barack Obama to serve on the three-member National Credit Union Administration Board. Metsger, who served in the Senate from 1999 through 2010, concentrated on transportation and financial services issues in Salem. Metsger remains well-known in Portland from the 15 years he spent as a sports and news reporter for KOIN television (Channel 6). He unsuccessfully ran for secretary of state in 2008 and state treasurer in 2010.

Here's yesterday's announcement from the White House:

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:Rick Metsger, Nominee for Member, National Credit Union Administration Board

Rick Metsger is President of Parakletos Strategic Public Affairs LLC, a

position he has held since 2010.  Prior to this, Mr. Metsger served in

the Oregon State Senate from 1999 to 2011, and as Senate President Pro

Tempore  from 2009 to 2011.  From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Metsger worked as a

Principal at Metsger Forbes LLC.  He was Principal of NewsMedia Dynamics

Inc. from 1992 to 1999.  Mr. Metsger was a news anchor and reporter for

KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon from 1977 to 1992.  He served on the State

Treasury Debt Policy Advisory Commission from 2001 to 2011 and was on

the Board of Directors of Portland Teachers Credit Union from 1993 to

2001.  Mr. Metsger received a B.S. and an M.A.T. from Lewis & Clark


Metsger declined to comment on his nomination, which would have him serve out the remaining four years of the former board member Gigi Hyland's term. A federal employee compensation database shows that Hyland the post paid Hyland $155,000 last year.

The two remaining members of the Board, Chairman Debbie Matz and Board Member Michael E. Fryzel, welcomed Metsger's nomination in a statement.

“Serving on the NCUA Board is a tremendous honor, and I sincerely

congratulate Senator Metsger on his appointment by the Obama

Administration,” said Matz. “Rick will bring valuable perspectives to

the NCUA Board, having served as a volunteer credit union board member

as well as a state legislator. I look forward to welcoming Rick as soon

as he is seated on the NCUA Board. We will work collaboratively to

fulfill NCUA’s mission:  to protect the safety and soundness of

America’s federally insured credit unions and their 94 million members.”

“I extend my sincerest congratulations to Senator Metsger on his

nomination by President Obama to the National Credit Union

Administration Board,” said Fryzel. “It is an honor and privilege to

serve, and I wish him every success in his confirmation process.”