Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Jay Williams as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the Department of Commerce

May 14, 2014 Issues: Helping Working Families

Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to the Senate confirmation of former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams as Assistant Secretary for Economic Development at the Department of Commerce:

“I am pleased that today the United States Senate confirmed my friend Jay Williams as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. Over the years, I have been proud to work with Mr. Williams on economic development issues both at the local and federal level. His knowledge and work ethic will serve him and our nation well as he leads the Economic Development Agency.

“President Obama could not have chosen a better or more qualified person to take over the immense responsibility that comes with this job. Youngstown’s recent trajectory with downtown redevelopment, the building of the Vallourec Star mill, and numerous other projects speak to the leadership of Jay Williams when he served as Mayor of Youngstown. I know he will continue to be a great public servant and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him to bring federal resources back to northeastern Ohio.”