AUGUSTA — Robert Winglass and George Gervais joined Gov. Paul LePage’s Cabinet today.
LePage swore in Winglass as labor commissioner and Gervais as head of the  Department of Economic and Community Development.

A 35-year veteran of the Marine Corps, Winglass retired as a three-star lieutenant general in 1992.  A former state legislator, Winglass served on the transportation committee and health and human services committees. He later worked for IBM as director of the strategic business relationships team in the software division.

Gervais had worked in the department as assistant commissioner, development program manager and business development specialist. He had been acting commissioner since April.

The Senate endorsed Winglass on Friday by a vote of 32-1. Gervais was confirmed by a vote of 33-0.
Gervais was nominated to replace LePage’s first economic development commissioner, Philip Congdon, who resigned in April after being criticized for comments he made in Aroostook County.

Winglass is LePage’s first labor commissioner. A previous nominee withdrew her name in February.