A federal appointment in the midwest, of some note here.
Karl Brooks was a state senator in Boise back in the 80s, one of the Democrats gaining some clout at the time in the legislature. (His original campaign manager was Jim Hansen, now the state Democratic executive director.) He was highly enough respected to earn strong marks from conservative Republicans like Denton Darrington, who is still there, and who doesn't pass out those kind of kudos lightly.
An attorney then, he has since moved on to become a professor of history at the University of Kansas. (He has written a fine book on Hells Canyon, reviewed here a while back.) Today, he was appointed as Region 7 administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, based in Kansas City, and covering Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and nine tribal nations.
The Northwest's own Region 10 administrator was appointed today too: Dennis J. McLerran, who has been executive director of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, and before that a city attorney.