POLICY BRIEFINGS


Trump Administration Key Policy Personnel cont. 2


Director of Policy and Interagency Coordination: Carlos Diaz-Rosillo
Carlos Diaz-Rosillo has been serving on the President’s Transition Team as Policy Implementation Executive Authority Advisor and White House Lead. He is a faculty member of government at Harvard University for more than eight years.

Advisor for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting: Vince Haley
Vince Haley is a longtime associate of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He served as policy director and later campaign manager of Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign. During the President’s successful campaign, Mr. Haley developed ethics reform policies.

Advisor for Policy, Strategy and Speechwriting: Ross Worthington
Ross Worthington was a longtime aide to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He served as research director for Gingrich, deputy communications director for Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign and later as Gingrich’s primary writer. During the campaign, Mr. Worthington, together with Mr. Vince Haley, worked to formulate and communicate policies that advanced the Trump agenda.

Advisor for Policy Development and Speechwriting: Ryan Jarmula
Ryan Jarmula served as a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff for a number of years. As a member of then-Congressman Pence's Capitol Hill office, he handled a variety of issues including foreign affairs, and later served Pence in his capacity as Governor of the State of Indiana as Policy Director for Veterans Affairs and most recently as Speechwriter. During the campaign, Mr. Jarmula had an active role in policy development.

Special Assistant to the Senior Advisor: Robert Gabriel
Robert Gabriel served as policy advisor on the President’s campaign and assisted the National Policy Director in policy development, speechwriting functions, and staff management.

Deputy Director of the National Trade Council for the Defense Industrial Base: Alexander Gray
Alexander Gray is currently a member of the U.S. Department of State Landing Team for the Presidential Transition, focusing on Asia-Pacific issues. Previously, he served as Senior Defense Advisor to the Trump-Pence campaign helping to craft the campaign's plan to rebuild the U.S. military and the defense industrial base. Mr. Gray has also served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, focusing on defense industrial base issues and Asia-Pacific security.

Deputy Director of the National Trade Council for “Buy American, Hire American”: Rolf Lundberg
During the President’s campaign and Presidential Transition, Mr. Lundberg focused his efforts on policies to reverse the economic injustice of offshoring and used his experience and insights to challenge special interests and support the President’s “Buy American, Hire American” project. Mr. Lundberg was Senior Vice President for Congressional and Public Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, after serving as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President for International Relations with Marriott International, Inc. Mr. Lundberg served as Legal Counsel for Tax and International Trade to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, International Trade Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Import Administration in the George H.W. Bush Administration and International Trade Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs: David Shulkin
The Honorable Dr. David J. Shulkin is Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to being nominated by President Obama and being confirmed by the United States Senate as Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Shulkin served in numerous chief executive roles including serving as President at Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, and the Atlantic Health System Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Shulkin also previously served as President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Shulkin has held numerous physician leadership roles including the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Shulkin has also held academic positions including the Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University School of Medicine. As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality one of the first consumer-oriented sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare. Dr. Shulkin is a board-certified internist, a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Small Business Administration: Linda McMahon
Linda McMahon an American professional wrestling magnate and politician. From 1980 to 2099, McMahon was active in growing the WWE to a multinational corporation. In 2009 and again in 2012, she ran as a Republican for a seat in the United States Senate from Connecticut.

The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee will hold a hearing on Ms. McMahon’s nomination on January 24 at 10:30 a.m. in 428-A Russell Bldg.

United States Secretary of Labor: Andy Puzder
Andrew Puzder is the chief executive of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. He has worked as president and CEO of CKE since 2000.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on Mr. Puzder’s nomination on February 2 in 430 Dirksen Bldg.


GUIDE TO THE 115th CONGRESS - FIRST SESSION



Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Holidays:


  • Monday, January 2: New Year’s Day*
  • Monday, January 16: Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Friday, January 20: Inauguration Day **
  • Monday, February 20: Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day)***
  • Monday, May 29 2: Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, July 4: Independence Day
  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day
  • Monday, October 9: Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 10: Veteran’s Day****
  • Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day
  • Monday, December 25: Christmas Day

* January 1, 2017 (the legal public holiday for New Year’s Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, January 2, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See section 3(a) of Executive order 11582, February 11, 1971.)

** Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, falls on a Friday. An employee who works in the District of Columbia, Montgomery or Prince George's Counties in Maryland, Arlington or Fairfax Counties in Virginia, or the cities of Alexandria or Fairfax in Virginia, and who is regularly scheduled to perform nonovertime work on Inauguration Day, is entitled to a holiday. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(c).) There is no in-lieu-of holiday for employees who are not
regularly scheduled to work on Inauguration Day.

*** This holiday is designated as "Washington’s Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

**** November 11, 2017 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, November 10, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave
purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)


U.S. Senate


Balance of Power in the U.S. Senate, 115th Congress:
52 Republicans
46 Democrats
2 Independents (both caucus with the Democrats)



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