Former MSHA Assistant Secretary Zeeger dies

By and |  December 19, 2012

David Zeeger, who served as Assistant Secretary for MSHA during part of the Reagan administration, died Dec. 10. He was 90.

After a 30-year career in coal mining, Zeeger was named MSHA’s Assistant Secretary on Nov. 18, 1983. According to an obituary published in the Lexington Herald-Ledger, coal mining deaths decreased to unprecedented levels during Zeeger’s three-year tenure. Zeeger also represented the mining industry in debates with Robert Kennedy and Richard Trumpka, and he participated in MSHA Senate hearings with former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) as chair.

Photo: David Zeeger

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