PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a former Rhode Island official to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

President Donald Trump's nomination, Peter Gaynor, the former director of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, was appointed to lead the national agency on Tuesday.

Gaynor joined the federal agency back in October 2018 as the deputy administrator after being tapped for the role a few months prior. He then became the acting administrator in March 2019 when former FEMA Administrator Brock Long retired.

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said Gaynor has proven himself as an “invaluable leader of the agency.”

“I look forward to continuing to work with him to support the men and women of FEMA as they carry out their incredible work,” Wolf said.

Gaynor will lead the agency's ongoing recovery efforts for many of the recent natural disasters that include the California wildfires, tornado outbreaks, flooding in the Midwest and the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.