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DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR POLICY,
MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION

Douglas L. Parker is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). He was appointed to the position in February 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Parker served as Senior Policy Advisor to Assistant Secretary Joseph A. Main. He joined MSHA in October 2009 as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary. In both positions, he advised the Assistant Secretary on a wide range of policy and operational issues, and led several MSHA key initiatives in areas such as special enforcement, strategic planning and miners’ rights.

Before coming to MSHA, Mr. Parker was a partner at the law firm Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C., where he practiced labor and employee benefits law. From 1997-2000, he was a staff attorney for the United Mine Workers of America. Before studying law, Mr. Parker worked for a startup company that manufactured construction tools for electric utilities and contractors, the Democratic National Committee, and the late Senator Paul Wellstone.

Mr. Parker holds a B.A. in history from James Madison University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and is originally from Princeton, West Virginia.