Wednesday, January 21, 2009

John Norris to be Vilsack's Chief of Staff

From Iowa Independent...

Former Gov. Tom Vilsack, who was confirmed as U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tuesday, has named John Norris as his his chief of staff, sources close to Vilsack said today.

Norris served as Vilsack’s chief of staff during his first two years as governor. He also served as chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party in 1998, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House in 2002 and was a national field director for John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. He currently serves as chairman of the Iowa Utilities Board.

His wife, Jackie Norris, was named in November as First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff.

The Norris's are now the second up-and-coming power couple from Iowa to be headed to Washington DC, following Patrick Dillon and Jennifer O'Malley-Dillon.

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