TAX COUNSEL. Senate Finance ranking member Charles Grassley has hired Theresa Pattara as his tax counsel. Pattara comes to Grassley’s staff from the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations, where she was a project manager. “The federal Treasury foregoes billions of dollars a year from tax-exempt groups. I need a good member of my tax team to help make sure tax-exempt policy works as well as possible. Theresa knows these issues inside and out,” Grassley said in a statement. Pattara served on Grassley’s Finance Committee staff in 2005 and 2006 as a Capitol Hill fellow. A native of Scranton, Pa., she is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Scranton. Pattara also has a law degree from Georgetown University.
NEW HIRES. The Livingston Group has hired David Dumke as a consultant. Dumke serves as principal and co-founder of the MidAmr Group and is former legislative director for Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell. He has also worked for Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and then-Rep. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., before she moved to the Senate. Dumke has degrees from Indiana University and Georgetown University. The Livingston Group announced that Steven L. Kreseski has assumed the duties of chief operating officer for the firm. Kreseski has served as chief of staff to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
BUSH AIDE. President Bush has picked William Wichterman to be his special assistant and deputy director of public liaison. Wichterman recently served as vice chairman of the legislative practice group at law firm Covington and Burling. He has served as a policy adviser to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He received his bachelor’s degree from Houghton College and his master’s degree from Catholic University of America.
This article appears in the April 12, 2008, edition of NJ Daily.