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Benton to lead U.S. Selective Service System

Washington state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, wears a Seattle Seahawks hat Feb. 3, 2006, at the start of  session in the Senate Chambers in Olympia, Wash.  Benton has been picked to head the U.S. Selective Service System. (STEVEN M. HERPPICH / STEVEN M. HERPPICH/Olympian)
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SEATTLE – Former Washington state Sen. Don Benton has been tapped to head the U.S. Selective Service System.

The White House announced the pending nomination on Monday, the Seattle Times reported.

Benton, a Republican from Vancouver who was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, had previously served as a “senior adviser” between Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency. The agency, which registers men age 18 through 25, hasn’t overseen a draft since 1973.

Benton will oversee a staff of 124 employees.