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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 5, 2005

Personnel Announcement

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to name Claude A. Allen Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. He will fill the position held by Margaret Spellings.

"Claude Allen has been a valuable member of my Administration since 2001, helping to improve the health and welfare of all Americans. He is a dedicated public servant and a tireless advocate for those in need. I look forward to his continued service in this new role as my domestic policy advisor," stated President Bush.

Mr. Allen currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He previously served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources for the State of Virginia and served in the Virginia Attorney General's Office. He was an associate at Baker & Botts in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1995 and served as a professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Allen is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke University Law School.