Staff Changes At House Energy And Commerce Committee
June 14, 2012 at 4:54 AM (PT)
House Energy and Commerce Committee Deputy Staff Dir. MICHAEL BECKERMAN is exiting his post, effective at the end of JUNE, to join a new Internet venture yet to be disclosed. Chairman FRED UPTON (R-MI) announced late WEDNESDAY that Communications Director ALEXA MARRERO has been named Deputy Staff Dir. to replace BECKERMAN, while Deputy Communications Dir. SEAN BONYUN will move up to take MARRERO's place as Communications Director. The FCC and communications policy are part of the Committee's and its Communications and Technology Subcommittee's jurisdiction.
"MICHAEL BECKERMAN is a trusted adviser and confidant who helped set the tone and legislative agenda at the Energy and Commerce Committee when Republicans regained the majority," said UPTON. "He has been a resource for our members, a liaison to our leadership team, and had a strong hand in advancing innovative, job-creating policies. His closest friends know him simply as BECKERMAN, and I'm glad to count myself among them. I wish him all the best in his new endeavor, and I extend my thanks for the many contributions he made to the Energy and Commerce Committee team."
"Committee staff are the backbone of the House's legislative operations, and MICHAEL BECKERMAN exemplifies the hard work and talent that has allowed the Energy and Commerce Committee to thrive. Like many members of the committee and the House, I have come to know him and trust his expertise over the years," said Rep. GREG WALDEN (R-OR), chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and Chairman of the House Republican Leadership. "While his departure is a loss to the committee staff, it is certainly a gain for the new opportunities he pursues for the future."
On MARRERO's appointment, UPTON said, "We began the 112th Congress with a strong team that has only grown stronger as we've hit our legislative stride. Since joining my staff at Energy and Commerce, ALEXA has proven herself to be a smart and hardworking communicator and adviser whose contributions extend beyond messaging into numerous facets of the committee's operations. I'm pleased to have her taking on this expanded role to advance the committee's wide-ranging agenda."
And on BONYUN, UPTON said, "SEAN has been a trusted member of my team for nearly a decade, and his move to the committee staff when I assumed the chairmanship was an essential part of our effort to prioritize communications and transparency. I can't think of anyone better suited to take the reins and continue driving a full-scale communications operation to inform the American people about our committee's important work."