Sell Becomes One of the President’s Men

Posted August 8, 2003 at 1:09pm

As the Congressional session wrapped up last month, Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) bid a heartfelt farewell to Clay Sell, 36, his majority staff director for the Appropriations subcommittee on Energy and water development, who after four years at his post has moved on to the Bush administration to become the president’s special assistant on energy.

Before working on the subcommittee, Sell worked as a legislative assistant to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) until 1999. During that time, Sell played “a key role in formulating and drafting the legislation which set up the National Nuclear Security Agency,” Domenici said during his comments on the Senate floor. He added, “While I’m proud of his accomplishments, I am sad to see him go.”

Sell hails from Amarillo, Texas, and after graduating with a bachelor’s in financing from Texas Tech University at Lubbock in 1989, he went on to receive a law degree from the University of Texas in 1992.

Lifelong Pressman Moves Up. The Government Printing Office welcomes Dannie Young as its newest superintendent of the Electronic Photocomposition Division.

Young will oversee the GPO’s prepress operations for, among other publications, the Congressional Record and the Federal Register.

Young comes to the job with 45 years of printing experience. He steps into the position after serving as assis-tant superintendent of the division

since 1998. Young has served in various posts within the GPO since 1971, but his career in printing began after high school at the Judd & Detweiler plant, where he rose to become the company’s first black foreman printer compositor.

Pennsylvania Politician Picks Pittsburgh Press Secretary. Lee Cohen, press secretary for Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.), will soon be moving just down the hallway in the Longworth House Office Building to take up the same position in the office of Rep. Melissa Hart (R-Pa.).

Cohen, 37, a Pittsburgh native who has also worked as a fellow for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is a 1988 alumnus of Northwestern University who holds a bachelor’s in political science and French. He also received a master’s in business administration from McGill University in Montreal in 1998.