Senate Confirms Brian Montgomery as HUD Assistant Secretary, FHA Commissioner
The Senate recently confirmed Brian Montgomery as the HUD Assistant Secretary for Housing and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). The final vote was 72-23. Montgomery’s confirmation marks his second term as Assistant Secretary for Housing and FHA Commissioner at HUD. He previously held the job under President George W. Bush, staying on for six months after President Barack Obama’s inauguration. He has played a lead role in HUD’s recovery and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, chairing HUD’s Hurricane Recovery and Response Center.
During his previous stint as FHA Commissioner, the FHA successfully spearheaded legislative efforts to preserve the nation’s affordable rental housing stock by maintaining the long-term physical and financial integrity of properties while reducing rental assistance costs and the cost of FHA insurance claims.
In addition to previously serving in the position, Montgomery has also held several other positions throughout the government and housing industry, including co-founder and partner at the Collingwood Group, Deputy Assistant to the President from 2001 to 2003 including service as Secretary to the Cabinet from 2003 to 2005, and Board Member on the Federal Housing Finance Board, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Oversight Board, and NeighborWorks America Board.