Feinstein Hires New Chief of Staff

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Christopher Snow Hopkins
June 26, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Duck Tales

Jen­nifer Duck will suc­ceed Chris Thompson as chief of staff to Sen. Di­anne Fein­stein, D-Cal­if. She was most re­cently vice pres­id­ent of gov­ern­ment re­la­tions and cor­por­ate lead­er­ship for Pf­izer.

Earli­er in her ca­reer, Duck was Demo­crat­ic staff dir­ect­or on the Sen­ate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. She has also served as coun­sel to then-Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Tom Daschle, S.D.; as an aide to the late Sen. Ed­ward Kennedy, D-Mass., on the staff of the Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee; and as seni­or policy ad­viser for the Sen­ate Demo­crat­ic Policy Com­mit­tee.

Thompson, who served un­der Fein­stein for close to a dec­ade, is re­turn­ing to Cali­for­nia. He star­ted his ca­reer on Cap­it­ol Hill as a le­gis­lat­ive aide to the late Rep. Ju­li­an Dix­on, D-Cal­if.

Fin­ance Trade Min­is­ter

Elissa Al­ben has joined the ma­jor­ity staff of the Sen­ate Fin­ance Com­mit­tee, where she will be re­spons­ible for such is­sues as the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship ne­go­ti­ations and the World Trade Or­gan­iz­a­tion.

Al­ben was most re­cently as­so­ci­ate gen­er­al coun­sel and deputy as­sist­ant for mon­it­or­ing and en­force­ment in the Of­fice of the U.S. Trade Rep­res­ent­at­ive.

A former trade fel­low for the House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee, she is a gradu­ate of Har­vard Col­lege and Columbia Law School.


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