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White House: Office of the Vice President

Tonya Williams, Director, Legislative Affairs


(Richard A. Bloom)

Biden is one of the most influential vice presidents in modern history, spearheading, among other Capitol Hill efforts, a deal to avert the fiscal cliff and a push to reduce gun violence. Williams is at the center of that success. The 39-year-old Greenville, N.C., native is a longtime veteran of Tar Heel State politics. She is a former chief of staff to Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., whom she also served as a floor assistant. She has also had stints as a general counsel to the president of the North Carolina state Senate and a staff attorney for Legal Aid of North Carolina. A University of North Carolina graduate who also attended UNC's law school, Williams joined the Office of the Vice President in November 2011. It was a unique opportunity, she said, to interact with both the legislative and the executive branches of the federal government. "Working for the vice president is a tremendous honor and privilege in and of itself," she said. "But being able to work at the intersection of the two branches of government provides a unique perspective and opportunity to influence law and policy in a way that I will certainly never have in any other job or career." 

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