Kevin McCarthy’s Top Official Retiring

Kevin McCarthy's Top Official Retiring

( – Dan Meyer spent decades in public office. He began his career working for Senator Rudy Boschwitz (R-MN) in 1979 and currently holds one of the most prestigious jobs in Congress, serving as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) chief of staff. Now he’s leaving the position.

On May 12, a press release from the speaker’s office announced Meyer’s retirement. He served as the congressman’s right hand for four years. McCarthy isn’t the only House speaker Meyer has served. In the 1990s, he was Speaker Newt Gingrich’s chief of staff, making him the “first person in modern history to serve” in the position of two House leaders.

McCarthy congratulated his chief of staff “on his upcoming and well-deserved retirement” after 40 years in government. The speaker complimented Meyer’s “management and leadership skills,” saying it’s important to have someone who manages staff well. He went on to say that he was “grateful” for Meyer’s work for him, his staff, Congress, and the country.

In addition to Meyer’s work in the House and the Senate, he served as former President George W. Bush’s assistant to the president for legislative affairs.

McCarthy’s office announced a number of other leadership changes in the wake of Meyer’s retirement. Machalagh Carr is taking over as the speaker’s chief of staff. She has a long history in government and is currently serving as the speaker’s general counsel. She has also held positions as the general counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, the oversight staff director of the committee, director of oversight and investigations for the House Oversight Committee, and senior oversight counsel for the Committee on Natural Resources.

John Leganski and Natalie Joyce will be taking over as the deputy chiefs of staff for the speaker. They are also highly qualified for the positions.

Meyer will continue to work for the speaker through early June to help with the transition.

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