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Terrell Halaska -- Department of Education
Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs

Terrell Halaska was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 30, 2005, to serve as assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs and was confirmed by the Senate on July 28, 2005. Previously, Halaska served as special assistant to the president for domestic policy in the White House Office of Policy Development, where she provided policy advice on family and children's issues, including welfare reform, early childhood education, child welfare, adoption, housing and homelessness. Previously, she served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary Tommy Thompson at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Before serving at HHS, Halaska served on Gov. Thompson's staff as director of the Washington office for the state of Wisconsin. There, she interacted with the Wisconsin congressional delegation and the administration on issues of importance to the state. On Capitol Hill, Halaska served as press secretary to Congressman Scott Klug (R-WI). Halaska earned her master's degree in policy studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., and her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at San Diego. She lives in the District of Columbia.

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