February 2, 2007
Governor Mike Easley has appointed Danny Lee McDonald of Wilmington, and reappointed Laura Mavretic to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
McDonald is filling the seat previously occupied by Tom Bolch.
"Tom Bolch has been on the commission for 12 years and I thank him for his hard work and dedication," Easley said. "Danny McDonald's extensive experience on the state and federal level make him a natural choice for this position. I am confident he will be an outstanding member of this critical commission."
McDonald is president of McDonald Solutions, a consulting firm. From 1982 to 2006 he was a member of the Federal Elections Commission appointed by President Reagan and later by President Clinton. He served as chairman of the commission in 1983, 1989, 1995 and 2001. The Federal Elections Commission is an independent regulatory agency that administers and enforces federal campaign law. While serving on the commission, he acted as an official observer or advisor of elections in several Latin American nations as well as in emerging democracies of the former Soviet Bloc.
Prior to joining the Federal Elections Commission, McDonald served as general administrator of the Oklahoma Corporations Commission, which regulates the state's oil and gas industry, public utilities and transportation industry. From 1974 to 1979 he served as secretary to the Tulsa County Elections Board and was a licensed real estate broker.
He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor's degree in political science and economics and did post graduate work at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Mavretic, who was reappointed, has been a commissioner since 1995. She was a deputy commissioner from 1993 to 1995 and an appeals referee with the state Employment Security Commission from 1991 to 1993.
She received her Bachelor's degree from Furman University in l971 and her law degree from Campbell University School of Law in l981.
"Laura Mavretic has provided valuable and dedicated service to the commission since l991," Easley said. "She will continue to be an outstanding and critical member."
Danny Lee McDonald was sworn in Friday February 9, 2007 as a member of the Industrial Commission. State Representative Ty Harrell of Wake County administered the oath of office while Mrs. Gail McDonald holds the Bible.
State Representative Pryor Gibson of Anson County administered the Oath of Office to Commissioner Laura Mavretic on Thursday February 8, 2007. Former Speaker of the House Joe Mavretic held the Bible for his wife as she begins her second term on the Commission.