For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 30, 2001
President Bush Announces Appointments for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs
Washington, D.C -- President George W. Bush today filled out his
legislative affairs team by announcing his intention to name Jack
Howard as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the
White House Office Of Legislative Affairs; David W. Hobbs as Deputy
Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the White House
Office of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. House of Representatives,
and Ziad S. Ojakli as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy
Director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs for the
United States Senate. The President announced his intention
to name the following individuals as Special Assistant to the President
for Legislative Affairs for the U.S House of Representatives: Brian C.
Conklin; Kirsten Ardleigh Chadwick; R. Nelson Litterest; and Daniel J.
Keniry. He also intends to name Christine M. Ciccone,
Townsend Lange McNitt and Dirksen Lehman as Special Assistant to the
President for Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Senate.
"This is a diverse group of talented and experienced individuals. As my
eyes and ears in the House and Senate, they will be an integral part of
my plan to reach out to Congress on a bipartisan basis and enact a
legislative package that lives up to the visions I laid out during my
campaign," said President Bush.
Jack Howard joins the White House after spending the last two years as
Deputy Chief of Staff for the Majority Leader of the Senate, Trent
Lott. Before moving the to Senate, he served for over ten years for
members of the House of Representatives as well as in the White House
office of Legislative Affairs under former President George H. W.
Bush. He is originally from Bloomfield, New Jersey, and is a
graduate of Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
David Hobbs has comes to the White House from his position as Chief of
Staff to House Majority Leader Dick Armey. He grew up in
Houston, Texas, and received both his bachelor's and masters degrees
from the University of Texas. Prior to joining the White
House team, Ziad Ojakli served as Chief of Staff for the late Senator
Paul Coverdell, Secretary of the Senate Republican
Conference. In the past he has worked on both the House and
Senate sides for Congressman Mark Souder and former Senator Dan
Coats. He is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and
received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.
Brian C. Conklin is presently Director of Legislative Affairs for
Washington Council Ernst & Young. He received a B.A. from
California Polytechnic University and a M.B.A. from George Mason
University. Kirsten Ardleigh Chadwick leaves her position as
a Principal with the law firm O?Brien Calio where she has been since
the firm's inception in 1993. Ms. Chadwick is a veteran of the Office
of Legislative Affairs under former President Bush and a graduate of
Penn State University. Nelson Litterest will join the White
House after serving as the Director of Public Policy for the House of
Representatives at the National Federation of Independent Business. He
received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University. Daniel J.
Keniry has spent the last year as the Senior Floor Assistant to the
Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. He has ten years of
experience in the U.S. House and is a graduate of Union College in
Schenectady, New York. Christine Ciccone leaves her position as
Assistant Staff Director at the Senate Appropriations
Committee. She received her B.A. from the University of New
Hampshire as well as her J.D. from George Washington University.
Townsend Lange McNitt has served for the past six years in the U.S.
Senate, most recently as Administrative Assistant and Counsel for
Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Ms. McNitt is a
graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, and has her J.D.
from Notre Dame Law School. Dirksen Lehman will be leaving his
position as Health Counsel with the Senate Committee on Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions. He received his bachelor's
degree from Millersville University of Pennsylvania, and continued on
to earn his law degree from the Catholic University of America.