Rainville takes FEMA job

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It’s official: Martha Rainville has gone to work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The former head of the Vermont National Guard and unsuccessful congressional candidate started work at the Washington-based agency on Monday. She was reported last month to be considering a job offer from FEMA.

Rainville will serve as counselor to FEMA Administrator R. David Paulison and will work on issues relating to continuity of command in the event of a major disaster.

Rainville ran as a Republican last year for Vermont’s lone U.S. House seat, losing to Democrat Peter Welch.

The political appointment at FEMA could be up at the end of the Bush administration. Rainville’s plans after that are uncertain.

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