Steve Lanning has been appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber to the Workers Compensation Board. The appointment is a full time job with the Department of Consumer and Business Services. The five-member board resolves disputes arising under Oregon workers’ compensation law and the Oregon Safe Employment Act.
Lanning, 61, of Salem, has been on staff of the Oregon AFL-CIO for the past 22 years and is a member of IBEW Local 48. He has held various job titles at the state labor federation, most recently as government affairs specialist.
Lanning will succeed Frank Biehl, a longtime member and lobbyist of the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers. Biehl was first appointed to the post in September 1996 and is finishing his fourth term on the board.
The Senate confirmed 71 new appointments by Gov. Kitzhaber to boards and commissions on May 23. Lanning will be sworn in Sept. 10.
He will remain at the Oregon AFL-CIO through July.