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HUD No. 19-093
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Thursday
June 20, 2019

SENATE CONFIRMS MISSOURI NATIVE SETH APPLETON TO LEAD HUD'S OFFICE OF POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH


WASHINGTON - Today, the United States Senate confirmed Seth Appleton, President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD Secretary Ben Carson welcomed the Senate's action saying, "As a seasoned policymaker, Seth brings a data-driven approach to HUD's mission. His ability to work across traditional boundaries and his devotion to evidence will be a huge asset to this Department as we work to be good stewards of our taxpayer dollars."

"PD&R plays a critical role in solving America's housing and community and development challenges through sound research, thorough analysis, and well-designed demonstrations," said Mr. Appleton. "I am honored to begin working in this important role serving the American people."

In a letter of support to the Senate Banking Committee, ten members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives noted Appleton's knowledge of policy issues and skill in working with legislators of both parties: "Throughout the years, Seth established a track record of working with legislators, their staffs, stakeholders and advocates to develop bipartisan policy solutions."

Appleton recently served as HUD's Associate Deputy Secretary. Before that, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. He previously served as chief of staff for United States Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri from 2009 to 2017. During his tenure in the House, Mr. Appleton focused on policy issues related to housing, financial services, small business, and agriculture among other subjects. Mr. Appleton is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Stanford University.

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