Larry Niswender was promoted Tuesday to interim director of the Oregon Lottery.
Niswender was named by Gov. Ted Kulongoski to succeed Dale Penn. Penn was named by Kulongoski to a Marion County circuit judgeship.
Niswender has been at the Oregon Lottery since September 2005, when he became assistant director for support services and deputy director under Penn.
"His commitment to serving taxpayers and his leadership experiences in both the legislative and executive branches of government are the qualities needed in an interim lottery director," Kulongoski said in a statement. "They are needed to meet not only the financial goals of this agency, but also to meet the highest ethical standards the people of Oregon expect and deserve from state government."
Niswender will be the ninth person, counting another interim director, to lead the Oregon Lottery in the 25 years since voters created in November 1984.
Niswender has worked for the state for more than 30 years.
From 1979 to 1995, he worked for the Department of Consumer and Business Services in the Workers Compensation Division.
In 1995, Niswender served in the Legislative Fiscal Office, the Legislature's nonpartisan budget staff, where he was an analyst for all public safety and judicial branch agencies.
In 2002, Niswender was promoted to deputy legislative fiscal officer. Penn chose him for the lottery staff in 2005.
Niswender received his bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon University in 1977 and his master's degree from Western Oregon University in 1979.