Preston Rutledge, senior tax and benefits counsel on the Senate Finance Committee and a top aide to Sen. Orin Hatch, R-UT, will be tapped to head the Employee Benefits Security Administration, according to a report in Politico Pro.

Rutledge has served on the Finance Committee since 2011. He spent the previous decade as a tax law specialist at the IRS, according to his LinkedIn page.

The head of EBSA serves as the Assistant Secretary of Labor, a presidentially appointed sub-cabinet level position that requires a Senate confirmation.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.