Sen. Ranker re-appointed as advisor to President Obama’s National Ocean Council

June 5th, 2014|

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, has been re-appointed as an advisor to President Barack Obama’s National Ocean Council.

The NOC is charged with implementing National Ocean Policy. Ranker was first appointed to the Council in 2011 and said he is excited to continue his work with the Council.

“It’s an exciting and important time to serve on this important panel,” Ranker said. “From emerging threats from increased vessel traffic to massive changes locally and globally due to climate change, our oceans and the thousands of jobs that depend on them are under threat. Our state’s coastline and maritime industries are the lifeblood of our economy. I’m honored to be a voice for our Washington in the other Washington.”

Ranker was re-appointed to the National Ocean Council Governance Coordinating Committee which includes 18 thought-leaders from across the country who serve as advisors to the President’s National Ocean Council. The GCC serves as the coordinating body on inter-jurisdictional ocean policy issues.