A Bountiful native has been nominated by President Reagan to the post of assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere.
If confirmed, B. Kent Burton, a graduate of Utah State University and Harvard University, would succeed James Curtis Mack II. Since 1984, Burton has been director of the Office of Congressional Affairs for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Department of Commerce.He must be go through confirmation hearings before his nomination can be voted on by members of the U.S. Senate. A spokesman at the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said confirmation hearings for Burton have not been scheduled.
If confirmed, he would assist the undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. In terms of budget, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration comprises 50 percent of the Commerce Department.
Before his government experience, Burton was a senior legislative representative for the American Trucking Associations Inc. He was also a legislative consultant for the Federal Physicians Association and a senior legislative assistant for Congressman John H. Rousselot.
Burton, of Arlington, Va., was born in Salt Lake City, is married and has four children. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. H.C. Burton, Bountiful.