Boehner Announces Policy Staff Additions for Majority Leader Office |
WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) today named several individuals to the policy staff of the Office of the Majority Leader, including Policy Director Mike Sommers, Counselor George Canty, and policy staffers Cindy Herrle, Emily Porter, and Jen Stewart.

"I'm pleased to announce a number of key policy personnel who will serve on my staff in the Majority Leader's office," said Boehner. “I’m fortunate to have a group of dedicated, experienced professionals who bring to our Republican Conference an advanced understanding of our legislative goals, along with the desire to see them implemented in order to achieve success for the team.”

Mike Sommers has been named Policy Director for the House Majority Leader. Since 2005, Mike has been Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House.  Prior to his White House experience, Mike worked for Rep. Boehner in various capacities, including Legislative Director and Chief of Staff in Boehner's personal office.

George Canty has been named Counselor to the Majority Leader.  Canty has been Counselor to the Chairman for the Education and the Workforce Committee since Boehner assumed the Committee’s chairmanship in 2001, and had previously served as Boehner’s Legislative Director for five years.

Cynthia Herrle will serve as Policy Advisor for the Majority Leader.  Herrle most recently worked as Senior Budget Analyst for the Committee on Education and the Workforce for Rep. Boehner and served the committee’s previous Chairman, Rep. William Goodling (R-PA), as a Professional Staff Member beginning in January of 1999.  Prior to that, Herrle served as a Policy Analyst at the House Republican Conference from 1996 to 1999, and worked for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) as Deputy Committee Liaison from 1995 to 1996.

Emily Porter will serve as Policy Advisor for the Majority Leader.  Porter previously worked for Mr. Boehner at the Education and Workforce Committee, where she has served as coalitions director for education policy since July 2004.  Prior to her assignment at the Committee, Porter worked as a Legislative Assistant to Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO).  She also served a stint at the Cato Institute as an education policy research assistant from March of 2001 until August of 2002.

Jen Stewart will serve as Policy Advisor for the Majority Leader.  Stewart has worked for Mr. Boehner for nearly five years, serving most recently as Legislative Assistant in Mr. Boehner’s personal office, where her issue assignments included defense, foreign affairs, transportation, energy, science and technology, homeland security, and intelligence.