WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that Barry Jackson, who has served as Chief of Staff in Boehner's leadership office since 2010, is moving to a new role as Senior Counselor to the Speaker, and Mike Sommers, who has served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Leadership Operations since 2011, has been named Chief of Staff.
The staff transition comes as Congress looks ahead to perhaps the most consequential end-of-session legislative period in modern history. In preparation, Sommers will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Speaker’s Office, and Jackson will shift his focus to strategic planning.
“As I noted last month, the decisions that lie ahead this year and early next year will have huge implications for our economy and the future of our country," Boehner said. "This transition is about preparing fully for the responsibilities ahead, even as we stay focused on the week-to-week House agenda of removing government barriers to job creation."
Jackson, who ran Boehner’s first campaign for the House in 1990 and served as Boehner’s chief of staff for a decade, ran the Contract with America project for House Republicans in 1994 and worked in the White House under President George W. Bush from 2001 until the end of 2008. Jackson returned to the House at Boehner’s request in 2010 following the passing of longtime chief of staff Paula Nowakowski.
Sommers, a graduate of Miami University in Boehner’s congressional district, joined Boehner’s staff in 1997 and has served in a variety of different roles since that time, including policy director in the Office of the Republican Leader and chief of staff in Boehner’s personal office for several years while Boehner chaired the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Mike also served President George W. Bush on the White House staff in 2005 as a Special Assistant to the President at the National Economic Council. He has served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Leadership Operations in the Office of the Speaker since January 2011.
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