Shelley Husband, Majority Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Shelley Husband, Majority Chief of Staff and General Counsel
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Fawn Johnson
Dec. 11, 2013, 3 p.m.

Hus­band has been work­ing for Ju­di­ciary Chair­man Bob Good­latte for 15 years, rising to chief of staff in 2002. She and Good­latte are close, des­pite their base­ball rivalry: She loves the Yan­kees and Good­latte the Red Sox.

Hus­band’s biggest chal­lenge this year has been jug­gling the com­mit­tee’s pro­act­ive le­gis­lat­ive agenda on pat­ent-law over­haul and reg­u­lat­ory re­form with the is­sues com­ing at it from oth­er aren­as — the Bo­ston Mara­thon bomb­ing, Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency leaks, even im­mig­ra­tion re­form were thrust on the com­mit­tee by out­side cir­cum­stances. Im­mig­ra­tion wound up tak­ing much of the pan­el’s time this year, but Good­latte didn’t want the work to over­shad­ow oth­er is­sues. Hus­band is charged with mak­ing that hap­pen. “We wanted to make it clear that we wer­en’t just go­ing to do im­mig­ra­tion,” she says.

Hus­band, 40, has four chil­dren, which means she has to man­age her work time care­fully. “I go home, put every­one to bed, and then keep work­ing.”


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