Chairman Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and ranking member Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that the committee had hired for six counsel positions, including Deborah Mayer, a veteran of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section. Mayer was involved in the DOJ investigation of former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), who covered up his affair with a staff member but has never been charged with wrongdoing. Mayer will be the director of investigations for the committee.
In addition to Mayer, the committee also named Miguel Toruno, Robert Eskridge, Patrick McMullen, Tamar Nedzar and Christopher Tate to counsel positions.
Bonner said in a statement, “These changes will enable the committee to move forward with its duties.”
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
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.