Minutes after the House wrapped up the opening quorum call for the 113th Congress' second session, Speaker John A. Boehner swore in one of his closest aides as the chamber's chief administrative officer.
Boehnerland veteran Ed Cassidy, who most recently served as director of House Operations for the speaker's office, raised his right hand to take the oath shortly after 7 p.m.
The brief ceremony followed the Pledge of Allegiance led by Ted Poe, R-Texas, and Boehner's official acceptance of the resignation of outgoing CAO Dan Strodel. In his brief message to the House, Strodel, who served in the position since July 2010, thanked Cassidy for doing a "tremendous job" instilling order in the body in his former role.
H Res 449 formally appointed Cassidy, a Connecticut native, as CAO. From the post he will support the members, staff and employees of the House — a workforce of nearly 10,000 people. The CAO oversees everything from operating budgets and payroll and benefits, to information technology, broadcast services and cybersecurity. The office is also in charge of campus food services, and furnishing members' offices with equipment and furniture.
Cassidy made his career as a Capitol Hill staffer, and has served the Ohio Republican since 2007. He also worked in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. The new CAO has a combined three decades of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government.