Campus Notebook: A Growing Beard

Posted January 6, 2009 at 6:46pm

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 Beard’s record.

Beard is the House’s 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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