- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The interim leader of the Transportation Security Administration is the son of Mark Hatfield, the former Oregon governor and U.S. senator.

Mark Hatfield Jr. was named acting administrator after revelations about screeners failing to detect mock bombs and weapons. Administrator Melvin Carraway was then reassigned.

The Oregonian reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1G2KKse ) that the younger Hatfield has been at the agency since 2004 and has been acting deputy administrator since January.

His father died in 2011 after serving as governor from 1959 to 1967 and then in the Senate for 30 years.

Hatfield will serve while the Senate considers President Barack Obama’s nomination of Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger as administrator.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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