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Dana Perino -- White House
Assistant to the President and Press Secretary

Perino attended the University of Southern Colorado from 1990 to 1994 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in both political science and Spanish. While attending the university, Perino was very active on the debate team and with KTSC. From there, Perino attended graduate school at the University of Illinois, Springfield where she also worked as a daily reporter covering the Illinois Capitol for WCIA-TV, a CBS affiliate. She then went on to work in Washington, D.C. for Representative Scott McInnis of Colorado as a staff assistant before serving nearly four years as the press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-CO-Retired), who then chaired a House Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power. After Representative Schaefer announced his retirement, Perino moved to England to marry Peter McMahon. After a year in England, Perino and McMahon moved back to the United States and resided in San Diego, California for three years. During that time, Perino worked in the field of high-tech public affairs. Two months after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Perino returned to Washington, D.C. to serve as a spokesperson for the Department of Justice. Several months later, she was asked to join the White House where she now serves as the Director of Communications for the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). By statute, the CEQ oversees the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, where all federal agencies must complete environmental assessments on their activities before they take action.

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