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James Morhard is the Deputy Administrator of NASA.[1] He was nominated by President Donald Trump on July 12, 2018 and was confirmed on October 11, 2018. At the time of his nomination, Morhard was noted for his lack of experience in space technology, but his strong bipartisan connections on Capitol Hill and Appropriations Committee experience were noted as potential benefits for the Agency.[2]

James Morhard
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14th Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Assumed office
October 17, 2018
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byDava Newman
Personal details
EducationSaint Francis University (BS)
George Washington University (MBA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Morhard has been the Deputy Sergeant at Arms for the United States Senate since early 2015. He previously served as Staff Director of the Committee on Appropriations, where he also managed the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State, and the Judiciary, as it was called during the 108th Congress (2003–05), now known as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. He also oversaw the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, as it was called up to the 108th Congress,[3] now the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. This subcommittee was responsible for funding all construction activities within the Department of Defense. Morhard began his career in the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of the Comptroller. He earned his B.S. in accounting from Saint Francis University his M.B.A from George Washington University, and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

He is a survivor of the 2010 Alaska DHC-3 Otter crash, that killed five others onboard, including Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.[4]


  1. ^ Loff, Sarah (October 17, 2018). "Jim Morhard Sworn In As NASA Deputy Administrator". Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Andy Pasztor (July 12, 2018). "White House Taps Veteran Congressional Staffer for No.2 NASA Post". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Tinsley, David (March 31, 2003). The Senate of the United States Committee and Subcommittee Assignments for the 108th Congress (PDF). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 4. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ted Stevens crash survivor details ordeal". Retrieved October 25, 2018.

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