Former L.A. Airport Commission tapped as U.S. ambassador to worldwide aviation group

Former Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners president Michael Lawson has been nominated by President Obama to represent the United States to the International Civil Aviation Organization based in Montreal, Canada.

The job carries the rank of ambassador and requires U.S. Senate confirmation.

According to the website for the U.S. mission to the ICAO, the organization was set up in 1944 to “promote the safe and orderly development of civil aviation around the world.” The United States pays for about 25 percent of the organization’s budget, the site says.

According to a report in The Blaze, Lawson is a hefty financial supporter of Democratic candidates. It reported that Lawson gave at least $96,200 to Democratic campaigns in the 2010 election cycle.

Lawson, who was appointed by Antonio Villaraigosa, was replaced as L.A. airport board president in August by new mayor Eric Garcetti.

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