For the first time in 38 years, I am not an employee of the United States House of Representatives.  In February, I concluded nearly 8 years serving as chief of staff to Speaker (and Democratic Leader) Nancy Pelosi; for 30 preceding years, my employer was Congressman George Miller (D-CA), whom I served as chief of staff, and as staff director of the two House Committees he led — the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Committee on Education and Labor.

For additional background on my career and views, see: