Hillary’s Hirings

Posted October 17, 2003 at 2:47pm

The office of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has undergone a bit of reshuffling in the past few weeks with four new faces joining the staff of the former first lady.

Clinton welcomed Neera Tanden to her office on Oct. 1 as her new legislative director. This will not be the first time Tanden has worked under Clinton; she was the deputy campaign manager and policy director for Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and also served in the White House under President Bill Clinton as the senior policy adviser to the first lady and associate director of the domestic policy council. Most recently, Tanden worked as a senior vice president for domestic policy at the Center for American Progress and as the issues director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Tanden, a native of Bedford, Mass., graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1992 and holds a law degree, like the Senator, from Yale University.

Clinton’s new communications director is Joe Householder. Householder comes to the office from his role as director of public affairs for Baroga, Rice & Shalett, a political and public affairs consulting firm. Householder also worked as communications director for the successful 2002 re-election campaign of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) and as press secretary for Houston Mayor Lee Brown’s (D) successful 2001 re-election runoff campaign. From

1985 to 2000, Householder worked in Alabama, Florida and Texas as a broadcast journalist covering politics.

Householder is a native of Holland Township, N.J., and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

In late September, Dan Utech moved from Sen. Jon Corzine’s (D-N.J.) office to become Clinton’s environmental, energy and agricultural legislative assistant. Originally from Rochester, N.J., Utech graduated from Amherst College in 1988 and earned his master’s of business administration in environmental studies at Yale.

Rounding out the new hires is Cort Ruddy, who joins Clinton’s communications team as a writer. Ruddy comes to the office from the National Journal’s Hotline, where he worked as a deputy managing editor. The Pulaski, N.Y., native graduated from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1995 and earned a master’s of arts and master’s of science from Syracuse University in 1998. [IMGCAP(1)]

Sanchez’s Selections. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) began this month with a new hire and a promotion in her legislative department.

Ned Steiner, a former legislative assistant for Golden State Democratic Rep. Sam Farr, has taken over as legislative director for Sanchez’s office. The 33-year-old Santa Barbara, Calif., native has also worked for the International Organization for Migration in Washington, D.C., and Kosovo.

Steiner is a 1993 graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and also holds a master’s of arts in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Rosalea Orozco was recently promoted from her job as staff assistant to legislative aide and correspondent. The 23-year-old Canadian has been with Sanchez’s office since August 2002. She graduated from the University of California at Irvine in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science.