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Providence (WLNE)- Rhode Island native Peter Gaynor has been confirmed by the Senate as Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, the agency announced today.

Gaynor previously served on Rhode Island's State Emergency Response Commission and as the Director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency, according to his biography on the agency's website.

“I have known and worked with Pete Gaynor for over a decade," said Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed.  "I know he will tap his years of experience to serve the American people well.  FEMA faces extraordinary challenges and needs solid leadership.  I expect that Peter Gaynor will work hard to ensure the standard is set for professionalism and compassion for the people and communities FEMA serves."

Gaynor is a graduate of Rhode Island College and earned a master's degree from the United States Naval War College in Newport.

Prior to his career in emergency management services, Gaynor served for 26 years as an enlisted Marine and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

As a Marine, Gaynor served as the Executive Officer responsible for the security of Presidential Retreat at Camp David, and also as the Head of Plans, Policy, & Operations at the Headquarters Marine Corps during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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