A Summers County nativeĀ could oversee the implementation of the $85 billion worth of sequestration cuts and be right in the middle of budget battles between Congressional leaders and the White House.

President Barack Obama has nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who is originally from Hinton, to lead the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

“I am confident that my nominee for OMB director is the right person,” the President said during a Monday announcement at the White House.

The President spotlighted Burwell’s mother, former state School Board member and former Hinton Mayor Cleo Matthews who was in the crowd.

“Sylvia loves to talk about her parents growing up in West Virginia and the values they instilled in her as educators and I think that reflects in everything that Sylvia now does,” Obama said.

The U.S. Senate will have to confirm theĀ nomination of the Burwell, 47, who has most recently lead Walmart’s Foundation.

She was deputy director for the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton administration and has served as chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.


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  • Frank & Helen Tsutras

    The President has made a wise choice. Sylvia Mathews Burwell comes from an outstanding Family and possesses the background and experience to serve as Director of Office of Management and Budget.I hope Sylvia is approved by the Senate for this position.
    Best wishes and lotsa luck from us.
    Frank & Helen Tsutras (Hometown: Williamson, Mingo County, WV. Congressional Staff Member, Retired (1965-1986).

  • Patrick

    While I disagree with just about everything President Obama stands for, this shows exactly the intelligence that comes from our great state. I'm proud of her!