Sessions Fills Out His Judiciary Panel Staff

Posted May 13, 2009 at 4:34pm

Newly installed Senate Judiciary ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Wednesday announced the hiring of four “top echelon— staffers, filling out his team as the Judiciary panel prepares for a Supreme Court confirmation.

“I look forward to working with the team during this critical Supreme Court nomination process, as well as on the myriad of legal, law enforcement, and national security issues that come through the Judiciary Committee on a daily basis,— Sessions, who replaced Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.) as Judiciary ranking member, said in a statement.

Sessions’ staff additions include new staff director Brian Benczkowski, who most recently served as chief of staff to former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and deputy staff director Matt Miner, currently the chief counsel on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.

William Smith, who worked for Sessions on the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts and was most recently the executive director of Congressional Relations for Americans for Limited Government, will serve as the chief counsel.

Joe Matal, formerly the counsel to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, will serve as general counsel.

A source familiar with personnel changes said it remains unclear where Specter’s Judiciary Committee staffers will land in the wake of the Pennsylvanian’s party switch.

“It’s an ongoing process,— the source said. “These people have been installed as senior staff, and in the coming days, the rest of the positions will shake out.—