Former state Sen. Benton to lead US Selective Service System

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SEATTLE (AP) — Former Washington state Sen. Don Benton has been tapped to head the U.S. Selective Service System.

The White House announced the pending nomination on Monday, The Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/2on8eUN).

Benton, a Republican from Vancouver who was an early supporter of President Donald Trump, had previously served as a “senior adviser” between Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. Selective Service System, which registers men age 18 through 25, hasn’t overseen a draft since 1973.

Benton will oversee a staff of 124 employees.

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