The U.S. Senate has confirmed Bountiful native B. Kent Burton to the post of assistant secretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere.

Burton, a graduate of Utah State University and Harvard University, succeeds 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 Commerce Department.Burton, of Arlington, Va., is a son of Dr. and Mrs. H.C. Burton, Bountiful.