Debra Facktor Lepore has been hired as vice president and general manager of Washington operations for the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Lepore is president of the aerospace consulting firm DFL Space. She also was a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. She worked as director of strategic programs for the Systems Engineering Research Center. She also has served as president of AirLaunch. She was vice president of business development and strategic planning for the Kistler Aerospace Corp. She was chief of Moscow operations for ANSERís center for international aerospace cooperation.
John Shanahan has been hired as vice president for legislative affairs of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. He was senior director for government affairs at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. He also has served as principal at JCStrategies. He was senior counsel to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He was a policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative-leaning think tank.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.