U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration
Protecting Miners' Safety and Health Since 1978
Information About the Assistant Secretary
RICHARD E. STICKLER
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF LABOR FOR MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH
Richard E Stickler was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as the assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health on October 19, 2006.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Stickler was director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Deep Mine Safety from 1997 to 2003. A third-generation coal miner, Mr. Stickler has more than 37 years of mining experience. He began his career as an underground coal miner, captain of a mine rescue team, first line foreman, and shift foreman, working his way up the ladder to superintendent and mine manager
Mr. Stickler served as a planner and decision-maker at the command center during the Quecreek Mine rescue operation in Pennsylvania in 2002.
A native of West Virginia, he received a bachelor of science degree in general engineering from Fairmont State University in 1968 and is certified as a mine safety professional by the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.