The House Republican Study Committee officially ended one of the most unpleasant chapters in its 41-year history Wednesday with the appointment of interim Executive Director Will Dunham to the post on a permanent basis.
Dunham, previously a senior policy adviser at the RSC, took over the top staff position in December after RSC Chairman Steve Scalise fired Executive Director Paul Teller. The conservative caucus’s top staffer for 13 years, Teller was accused of sharing members’ internal discussions with outside advocacy groups. Teller was hired last month as deputy chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Dunham has been working for conservatives since graduating from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He served as an intern and later a staff writer at the Heritage Foundation before becoming an aide to Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., and then moving to the RSC as a policy wonk.
“Will’s proven track record and his commitment to the conservative cause are tremendous assets to the more than 170 members of the Republican Study Committee,” said Scalise, R-La. “Will’s strong conservative background combined with his skillful understanding of the legislative process will serve the RSC well as we fight to pass conservative principles into law.”