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WASHINGTON, DC - Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today announced that Eric Burgeson has been named the Department of Energy's (DOE) Chief of Staff. In this role, Mr. Burgeson will assist in the daily management of the $23 Billion, 100,000 employee agency and aid in the implementation of the Secretary's various policy initiatives.
Most recently, Mr. Burgeson served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Presidential Personnel at the White House. Prior to serving in the White House, Mr. Burgeson was Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison at the Department of Energy, and previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.
"Since 2001, Eric has worked hard to advance President Bush's policies and has played an important role in various capacities here at DOE," Secretary Bodman said. "Eric has the knowledge and skills needed to help manage this important department as we seek to ensure a reliable, affordable, energy supply for America's future."
"I am honored to return to the Department of Energy to serve Secretary Bodman, and continue to serve President Bush," Mr. Burgeson said. "I look forward to working with Secretary Bodman and all of the outstanding employees at the DOE to implement the President's vision for a comprehensive, sound energy policy."
Mr. Burgeson is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He and his wife, Christine McCarlie Burgeson, live in Arlington, Virginia with their daughter.
Today is Mr. Burgeson's first day at the Department of Energy.
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