President Trump taps midstate congressman to be drug czar

Written by Ken Thomas/The Associated Press | Sep 2, 2017 3:51 PM

(Washington) -- The White House says President Donald Trump will nominate a midstate congressman to serve as the nation's drug czar.

The Trump administration announced the president has tapped Republican Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

In Congress, Marino has worked to expand access to treatment for people struggling with opioid addiction.

The 64-year-old lives outside Williamsport and is a former county prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania's Middle District under President George W. Bush.

His district represents portions of Juniata, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder and Union counties.

Marino was an early supporter of the president and the first Pennsylvania congressman to endorse Trump in the presidential primary contest.

He had previously withdrawn his name from consideration in May, citing a family illness.


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