Obama taps former congressman for Labor post

Obama taps former congressman for Labor post
President Obama on Thursday tapped former Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) to lead the Department of Labor’s veterans' employment services division. 
 
Michaud served six terms in the House, including a brief stint as the top Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs committee. 
 
The former lawmaker would replace Keith Kelly, who stepped down as assistant secretary of the Veterans' Employment and Training Service in May.
 
The service oversees a number of programs geared toward helping veterans find jobs after they leave the military. 
 
Unlike Kelly, a decorated Army veteran, Michaud did not serve in the military. The former congressman must be confirmed by the Senate before he assumes the post. 
 
Michaud did not seek reelection in 2014, opting to run for governor of Maine. He was defeated by Republican incumbent Paul LePage. Had he won, Michaud would have taken office as the nation’s first openly gay governor.