Langevin Statement on Confirmation of Peter Gaynor as FEMA Administrator

Jan 14, 2020 Issues: Rhode Island

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Peter Gaynor as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator by a vote of 81-9. Gaynor, who has served as the Deputy Administrator of FEMA since he was confirmed by the Senate on October 11, 2018, has also been serving as the Acting Administrator since March 8, 2019.

“Peter Gaynor possesses a wealth of experience in emergency preparedness and response operations spanning local, state and federal capacities that has prepared him to lead FEMA effectively. During times of crisis, our nation needs time-tested leadership from someone who understands how to overcome the diverse challenges that different emergency scenarios present.

“Peter’s years of service in the United States Marine Corps set a strong professional foundation for emergency management. His track record of success leading preparedness efforts for the City of Providence’s Emergency Management Agency and later the State of Rhode Island’s Emergency Management Agency underscores his effectiveness and is a testament to his commitment to protect and support American communities.

“It is exciting that the top post in such a critical agency will be held by someone who understands the needs of Rhode Islanders and has demonstrated exceptional professionalism throughout his tenure. I am confident that Peter will fulfill his duties in a manner that fosters collaboration to ensure the wellbeing of our citizens.”