After an embarrassing stint with his former chief of staff of seven years, Rep. Steven Rothman (D) has named a new top staffer to oversee his New Jersey and Washington, D.C., offices.
Tom O’Donnell, former chief of staff for Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Phil Hare (D-Ill.), will replace Robert Decheine, who was fired in mid-November after being accused of soliciting sex from a minor.
“I am excited to begin the 112th Congress with Tom as my new Chief of Staff,” Rothman said in a news release. “He is a man of the highest moral character and brings the political, legislative, and leadership skills that we need to best serve the people of New Jersey’s Ninth Congressional District.”
Decheine, 48, was one of 11 people arrested in Gaithersburg, Md., during a Gaithersburg Police Department operation that lured potential predators through the Internet to an undercover cop posing as a 15-year-old girl. He was released on a $15,000 bond.
House Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood contacted Rothman personally following Decheine’s arrest.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.