A former Long Beach harbor commissioner will be the new chairman of the nation's most powerful maritime governing body effective today.Former Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero will replace Federal Maritime Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., who recently submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama, according to the federal agency.

"It has been a great honor to serve as Chairman for the President's first term and I am proud of the changes we have brought to our agency so it can better serve the American exporter, importer and consumer," Lidinsky said in a statement.

Since September 2009, Lidinsky had been chairman of the Washington D.C.-based 128-person agency that oversees the nation's international ocean transportation.

"I am very pleased that the President will designate my colleague, Commissioner Mario Cordero of Long Beach, California, who joined the FMC in June 2011, as our next Chairman," Lidinsky said, "and I look forward as a Commissioner to continue working with him on these goals and new challenges during the President's second term. "

A graduate of both the University of Santa Clara and Cal State Long Beach, Cordero has practiced law for 30 years, including as a workers' compensation defense attorney. He was on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for about seven years before heading to the federal commission in 2011.