Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton was appointed today by President Barack Obama to serve as administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
The corporation is in charge of constructing, operating and maintaining the Saint Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie and encourages the development of trade throughout the Great Lakes region, according to the corporation's website.
Sutton was among several federal nominees and appointees Obama announced today. Another was Caroline Kennedy, who was nominated to be ambassador of Japan.
"These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles," Obama said in a news release. "Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."
Sutton, who lost her Congressional seat in 2012 after being put into a district with U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, opted against running for governor next year, but hadn't said what her plans were in lieu of seeking a statewide office.
U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, D-Niles, another rumored Democratic contender who passed on running for governor, sent out an email this evening congratulating Sutton on her appointment. He said she "is an excellent choice and will keep commerce moving on the Great Lakes."