On December 17, Lauren McFerran was sworn in as a Board Member for a five-year term ending on December 16, 2019. She succeeded Nancy J. Schiffer, who served on the Board for just over a year and whose term expired last week. Member McFerran has extensive experience as Chief Labor Counsel and Deputy Staff Director to the Senate Democrats and the Senate's Health Education Labor and Pension Committee. She began on the HELP Committee as Senior Labor Counsel to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), and to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) from 2005 to 2010. Before her Senate career, Member McFerran was an associate at a union-side law firm based in Washington, D.C., and a law clerk to a Chief Judge Carolyn King on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.