The Senate has confirmed Rickey Dale James, a manager at family farming business A.C. Riley Cotton Company, as assistant secretary of the U.S. Army for civil works and head of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Northern Kentucky Tribune reported Monday.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said James will help address water infrastructure needs across U.S. in his new role.
James has served on the Mississippi River Commission for 36 years beginning December 1981.
He was a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Bank of Sikeston in Missouri and the New Madrid County Board of Education.
James has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.