Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced the top staffers on his presidential campaign, all of whom have ties to Perry in the Lone Star State.
Rob Johnson, Perry’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign manager, is holding the same position on the presidential campaign; Deirdre Delisi, a former chief of staff to Perry, is serving as policy and strategy director; Wayne Hamilton, a former executive director of the Texas GOP, is political director; Ray Sullivan, also a former Perry chief of staff, is communications director; Eric Bearse, a former Perry speechwriter, is deputy communications director; Mark Miner, who was Perry’s communications director, is now national press secretary; Robert Black, also a former Perry spokesman, is travel press secretary; and Katherine Cesinger, another former Perry press secretary, is state press director.
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.