Ryan Appoints Two Top House Attorneys

Thomas Hungar tapped for general counsel, Ernest Ballou Jr. named legislative counsel

Aides to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., join the feud with the White House over Zika funding. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Aides to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., join the feud with the White House over Zika funding. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted June 24, 2016 at 5:12pm

Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Friday announced the appointments of two top attorneys for the House.   

Thomas Hungar will serve as the House’s general counsel, replacing Kerry Kircher who resigned in May.   

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Hungar, a former deputy solicitor general of the United States and a Yale Law School graduate, will lead the Office of General Counsel, which is responsible for representing the House of Representatives in lawsuits and court cases in which the House wants to offer an opinion.   

Ryan also announced the appointment of Ernest Ballou Jr. as the House’s legislative counsel. Ballou, a University of Virginia law school graduate, has been working in the Office of Legislative Counsel, which oversees drafting of legislation, for decades. 

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