Morhard is the second Trump NASA nominee with no background that would seem to qualify him for the position.
The first, NASA Administrator James Bridenstine, lobbied unsuccessfully for Trump to appoint Carthage High School and Missouri Southern State University graduate Janet Kavandi, a scientist who currently serves as director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, and a former astronaut who took three space shuttle trips, the first one taking place 20 years ago this month.
Bridenstine recommended Kavandi, noting that her qualifications and experience made her the right person for the position.
It needs to be somebody who has a lot of space experience, a space professional,” he said. “It needs to be somebody who has run large organizations, who understands the technology. A scientist would be great.”
If the Senate approves Morhard, Bridenstine will be receiving a deputy who has no space experience, is not a space professional, who has not run a large organization, though he did run a lobbying firm, and who is not a scientist.
He was a former staff director for the Senate Appropriations Committee, whose previous claim to fame was that he survived the plane crash that killed former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, in 2010.