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WASHINGTON, DC - Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced Jeffrey Kupfer as his new Chief of Staff today.

"I welcome Jeff to the Energy Department.  I had the opportunity to work with him while we were both at the Department of the Treasury and I look forward to working with him again," Secretary Bodman said.  "Jeff is an experienced, intelligent, and capable leader and policy expert.  He will be a welcome addition to our senior leadership team and will lead the Department's staff as we move forward to implement the President's energy policy goals."

"The Energy Department is filled with top caliber people - and I look forward to working with them, under Secretary Bodman's leadership, to fulfill the Department's diverse and important missions," Mr. Kupfer said.

Before becoming the Department's Chief of Staff, Mr. Kupfer served for nearly a year as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, and prior to that he was the Executive Director of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.  From 2001 - 2005, he held a number of positions at the Treasury Department, including Executive Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff.  In 2003, Mr. Kupfer served as a Special Assistant to President Bush's Chief of Staff.

Mr. Kupfer was previously a tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee; a counsel for U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs; and a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Tax Division.  Mr. Kupfer also clerked for Chief Judge Thomas P. Griesa in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Kupfer holds a B.A from Yale College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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