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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


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Obama Nominates L.B. Attorney to Federal Maritime Commission


By a MetNews Staff Writer


President Obama has nominated Long Beach attorney Mario Cordero, a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, to a post on the Federal Maritime Commission.

The White House said the president on Monday forwarded Cordero’s name to the Senate for confirmation as a commissioner to a term that would expire June 30, 2014.

The Federal Maritime Commission is an independent regulatory agency responsible for the regulation of ocean-borne transportation in the foreign commerce of the U.S.

Cordero is a workers’ compensation defense attorney for the law offices of Wayne Singer, and practices in Long Beach and San Francisco. He is currently serving his second six-year term on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, where he has spearheaded the Port of Long Beach’s Green Port Policy.

The policy outlines sustainability guidelines for port operations, mandating that trade growth run parallel with environmental stewardship. It has led to environmental initiatives such as the Port’s Clean Trucks Program, its Vessel Low-Sulfur Fuel Program and its Technology Advancement Program.

During his first term on the board, Cordero served as its vice-president and president.

Cordero is a part-time professor of political science at Long Beach City College. He previously sat on the Long Beach Community Development Commission and served as vice-chair of the Long Beach Ethics Review Task Force.

The Mexican-American Bar Association named him Attorney of the Year in 2007, and he received an environmental award that year from the League of California Cities.

A graduate of California State University, Long Beach and Santa Clara University School of Law, Cordero joined the State Bar in 1980. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Gardena, but moved to Long Beach in 1974 where he married his wife, Gloria Cordero, a principal partner with Long Beach public relations company ABC Advocacy Group.

The pair has two grown children. Their daughter, Celine Cordero, is also a lawyer and associate director of homeland security and public safety for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Their son, Mario Cordero, is a teacher at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower and head coach of the school’s varsity baseball team.

In other news, Obama on Monday also nominated North Carolina attorney Rebecca F. Dye, currently a Federal Maritime Commission member, to serve another term that would expire June 30, 2015.


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