March 4th, 2009
01:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Fugate nominated for FEMA director

(CNN) – The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama will nominate Craig Fugate, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, as the new FEMA administrator.

“From his experience as a first responder to his strong leadership as Florida’s Emergency Manager, Craig has what it takes to help us improve our preparedness, response and recovery efforts and I can think of no one better to lead FEMA,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m confident that Craig is the right person for the job and will ensure that the failures of the past are never repeated.”

In his current position, Fugate is in charge of coordinating the disaster response and preparedness for the state of Florida, which has been hit by a number of devastating hurricanes since he took charge in 2001.

Fugate will join Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for an event in New Orleans on Thursday.


Filed under: FEMA • President Obama
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Steven

    Whoa! Stop the insantiy! Shouldn't this job given to some unqualified friend as a political favor?

    March 4, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. C W

    What, no background judging horses? How will he ever handle the FEMA job?

    March 4, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. C W

    Wait, Craig Fugate is actually qualified for this position! How will he ever do a heckuva job?

    March 4, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Marge

    Since this guy has a lot of experience in Florida with hurricanes I think he is a very good choice.

    March 4, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Chris

    Wow. Someone actually qualified to run FEMA. If only Bush would have thought of that...

    March 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Did I read that right? A man with hands on experence! What a good idea.

    March 4, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Ray Fisher

    FEMA should be a no-brainer since James Lee Witt has all the plans and is still around consulting. When Witt was in charge, FEMA ran perfectly without much fanfare or media coverage, just stuck to the business of disaster recovery and helping those in need. It wasn't until the horse show organizer, homeland insecurity and an idiot President intervened that we created a problem. The President should disband Homeland Security first and let DOD handle our security!!! FEMA should be with the deartment of the interior so they can fight forest fires and help those victims also!!!

    March 4, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Laverne

    Did anyone check to see if he owes back taxes?

    March 4, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. R in Maine

    He can deal with the ownership rights that the republican have stolen in New Orleans.

    March 4, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Axl in Iowa

    Just another tax dead-beat. Any body wanna bet?

    March 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. Chris - Denver

    "In his current position, Fugate is in charge of coordinating the disaster response and preparedness for the state of Florida, which has been hit by a number of devastating hurricanes since he took charge in 2001. "

    Yeah, but can he put on a horse show? I hope his taxes are paid up.

    March 4, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. carrotroot

    I live in Florida and the 2004 hurricane season was the worst I have ever experienced, It's good to see someone in FEMA who has had first hand experience dealing with natural disasters. Fugate is definitely a very good choice for the position.

    March 4, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |