Former Oregon Lawmaker Named Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration

Rick Metsger will take top job at regulatory agency.

Former state Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches) got a promotion today: The National Credit Union Administration announced that President Barack Obama is elevating Metsger from his position of vice-chairman to chairman of the NCUA, which regulates and supervises 6,000 credit unions nationally, including 62 in Oregon.

Here's a statement from the agency:

Metsger served in the Senate from 1999 to 2011, following a career as a sports anchor and news reporter on KOIN television.

In Salem, Metsger chaired the Senate Business and Transportation Committee and was known as a dealmaker.

He ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2008 and for state treasurer in 2012. Obama named him to the NCUA board, a full-time, salaried position based in Washington, D.C. in 2013.