MONTPELIER — Former congressional candidate and Vermont Adjutant Gen. Martha Rainville has been appointed to a job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Rainville, of Williston, began work Monday as counselor to the agency's administrator and deputy administrator for "continuity programs," agency chief R. David Paulison announced Tuesday.
Paulison said Rainville would head up special studies, issue reviews and task forces and would make recommendations in planning for continuity of leadership in disasters.
"I am happy to have Gen. Rainville join FEMA's leadership," Paulison said. "Her background and experience in the National Guard will be a real asset to us as we continue building FEMA into the nation's pre-eminent emergency management and preparedness agency."
Rainville retired from the National Guard Reserve after 27 years of military service last year to enter the race for Vermont's lone U.S. House seat as a Republican. She lost to Democrat Peter Welch.
As adjutant general, she was the first woman in the country to head a state National Guard. She also served on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which advises the Pentagon on military reserve matters.
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