The gay rights organization Human Rights Campaign has appointed Chad Griffin, a former Clinton White House official, as its next president.
Beginning in June, he will replace Joe Solmonese, who announced last year that he was leaving the HRC to pursue new career opportunities.
In a letter announcing Griffin’s selection, Solmonese called his successor “the mastermind behind the federal lawsuit to overturn California’s Proposition 8,” which prohibited gay marriages.
“Chad’s spent his career taking on the toughest fights against entrenched, well-financed interests,” Solmonese wrote. “He’s passionate about our equality and more importantly, has a proven track record of consistently delivering results. Already, the fight to overturn Prop. 8 has prevailed in two federal court rooms.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.