Salt Lake native B. Kent Burton received a warm welcome during a Friday appearance before a Senate commerce subcommittee, which is considering his nomination to be assistant secretary of commerce. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and Sen. John Breaux, D-La., spoke warmly of Burton, and indicated that they expected the Senate to act on his nomination this month.

Burton, who has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for four years as a legislative aide, also worked formerly for Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, in 1975.He would be responsible for administering NOAA. Burton said he did not expect any major changes in the agency during the remaining months of the Reagan Administration.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced Burton to the subcommittee.

Burton is a 1970 graduate of Bountiful High School and he received degrees from Utah State University in 1975 and Harvard University in 1981.