WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Katonah resident has been chosen to lead the federal Social Security Administration.

Andrew M. Saul, 72, was sworn in to his six-year commissioner term on Monday, June 17, at the agency’s office in Washington.

A little less than two weeks earlier, his nomination by President Trump was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 77-16.

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The Social Security Administration is an independent federal agency headquartered in Baltimore with over 63,000 employees nationwide, according to its website.

“The Social Security programs touch the lives of almost every American—serving in this position is a tremendous privilege and an awesome responsibility,” Saul said in a statement. “I am humbled by the opportunity to help the agency to deliver critical services to the American people.”

From 2002 to 2011, Saul served as the chair of the Federal Thrift Investment Board. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and also served under President Obama. The board administers the Thrift Savings Plan, which gives military and federal employees the opportunity to save for additional retirement security.

In addition to his federal service, Saul has also served in state and local government, and in non-profit organizations. He has worked as vice chairman and chairman of the Finance Committee of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also has served as vice chairman of the Mount Sinai Health System and chairman of its Audit and Compliance Committee. In addition, he was a trustee and chairman of the Audit Committee of the National Gallery of Art. He formerly served as a board member of the United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York.

In the private sector, Saul has managed two publicly traded retail apparel chains.

Saul is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

He lives in Katonah with his wife of 50 years, Denise. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.