The UAW today named Josh Nassar its legislative director in Washington, D.C.
The UAW's current director, Barbara Somson, 63, will retiree at the end of Congress' session this year after taking the position last year. She previously had worked as the union's deputy legislative director since 1999.
Nassar, 38, comes to the UAW from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where he was an assistant director of legislation. His job there was to set strategy on a variety of policy issues, including labor, budget and health care. He started in his new job on Monday, a UAW spokeswoman said.
"We are happy to have Josh on our team, especially as we prepare for this critical election year, which will be of vital importance to working people in this country," said UAW President Bob King in a statement.
King praised Somson for her work representing the union at a critical time for the domestic auto industry, which underwent massive restructuring in 2009, including two automaker bankruptcies. Somson worked on a range of legislative issues, including the effort to develop a revised federal fuel economy standard for vehicles.