PHOENIX — Maj. Gen. David Rataczak has won Senate confirmation to another term as the Arizona National Guard’s highest-ranking uniformed member.
The voice vote Tuesday follows an extended period during which a key lawmaker declined to consider Gov. Janet Napolitano’s reappointment of Rataczak to a second full five-year term as adjutant general.
Rataczak in 2003 spoke against Republican Sen. Jack Harper’s proposal to have the state deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. Guard troops later were deployed as part of a federal mission.
Senate President Tim Bee says it was important to have Rataczak’s reappointment confirmed because Guard troops are serving overseas and on the border.