Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, will nominate his long-time confidant Ed Cassidy as chief administrative officer of the House when the second session of the 113th Congress convenes in January, CQ Roll Call has learned.
Cassidy, the director of House Operations for the speakerís office, is a veteran presence in Boehnerís ranks. The current House CAO, Dan Strodel, announced he was retiring last week. He has been in the position since July 2010.
ďEd Cassidy knows every nook and cranny of the peopleís House,Ē Boehner said in a statement obtained by CQ Roll Call. ďHere on Capitol Hill, he has long been a go-to guy for officers, staff, and especially lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. That is a tribute to Edís integrity and even-handed judgment, which has guided every institutional decision I have made. No one is better suited to serve as our next chief administrative officer, and Iím confident the full House will agree. Losing Ed from my office makes this nomination bittersweet, but knowing how much good he will do for the institution makes it a proud one as well.Ē
Cassidy has more than three decades of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government, including working in the administration of President George Bush. Before joining Boehner in 2007, Cassidy was chief of staff for Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. He also held senior positions with the House Ethics and Rules committees.
Cassidy also served as deputy director of the U.S. Minerals Management Service, as the Interior Departmentís deputy chief of staff and as deputy assistant secretary for policy, management and budget.
ďIím deeply honored by Speaker Boehnerís confidence in me, and grateful for this opportunity to continue serving an institution that I love,Ē Cassidy said in the statement.
The nonpartisan, non-legislative CAOís office supports members, staff and employees ó a workforce of nearly 10,000 people ó managing everything from furniture installation in congressional offices to payroll and parking issues.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.