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Dianne Feinstein names new chief of staff

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 12:40 pm in Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has a new chief of staff.

Feinstein & Duck circa 2011Jennifer Duck, 42, will be based in Washington and will oversee a staff of 70 in Washington, Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. She replaces Chris Thompson, who is returning to California after nearly a decade of working for DiFi in D.C.

Duck since August 2009 has served as vice president of government relations and corporate leadership for Pfizer, Inc., the international pharmaceutical and consumer products company.

Earlier, Duck was staff director and chief counsel to Feinstein, D-Calif., on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2005 to 2009. Duck has also worked as counsel to former Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; counsel to U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and senior policy advisor for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

Duck also worked in the Clinton Administration at the Labor Department’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, managing outreach to state and local officials as well as Congress. In 2008, she worked on the Obama presidential transition with teams for the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, the CIA and the Department of Labor. Duck holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a law degree from Emory University.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jennifer Duck back to my team,” Feinstein said in a statement issued this morning. “Jennifer is a seasoned Capitol Hill aide with deep experience in both the public and private sectors, familiarity with the executive and legislative branches of government, and significant policy expertise. I will rely on her counsel and good judgment as we advance a busy legislative agenda and work for the people of California.”

“I want to thank Chris Thompson for his dedication and service,” Feinstein added. “For nearly a decade Chris has been a trusted advisor and a friend. He has been an instrumental part of the team, and I’m sorry to lose him.”

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