Campus Notebook: A Growing Beard
Thanks to an amped-up Democratic majority and a continued pledge to green the Capitol, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) now faces two more years of working with a Chief Administrative Officer he once asked to step down.
[IMGCAP(1)]CAO Dan Beard was sworn in for the 111th Congress on Tuesday, ensuring that he will continue to oversee House services such as its cafeterias, disaster preparedness and greening initiatives.
I am pleased Mr. Beard has been reappointed as the Chief Administrative Officer of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a press release. I am confident during the 111th Congress he will continue the exemplary commitment and service he has brought to the position.
Pelosi appointed Beard to the position on Feb.15, 2007, with a mandate to Green the Capitol. Beard implemented several reforms, including environmentally friendly cafeterias.
But Boehner and several other Republicans have been outspoken about their opposition to Beard, painting him as a partisan who uses his position to Democratic ends. In July, Boehner asked Pelosi to remove Beard, pointing to his purchase of $90,000 of carbon offsets, among other things. Pelosi refused and defended Beards record.
Beard is the Houses third CAO. Before his appointment, he worked as a senior advisor for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and in several jobs in the White House and Congress.
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