Sunday, November 29, 2015

Booker hires chief of staff from Facebook

Jonathan Tamari / Inquirer Washington Bureau

Booker hires chief of staff from Facebook


Jonathan Tamari / Inquirer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON – Cory Booker has plucked a Facebook leader to be his new Senate chief-of-staff.

Of course he has.

The new chief, Louisa Terrell, also has extensive experience in Washington lawmaking. She was previously a special assistant for legislative affairs for President Obama – working on Senate legislation -- and an aide to then-Sen. Joe Biden from 2001 to 2008.

Since late 2011 Terrell has been Facebook’s director of public policy. She has also worked in public policy for Yahoo!.

Booker, Newark mayor and New Jersey Senator-elect, has vowed to bring an “entrepreneurial” spirit to Washington and his love of social media is renowned.

“Louisa has experience in the White House, the halls of Congress and in the private sector, and I’m thrilled she will be building and leading a Senate team that will work every day to get things done for the people of New Jersey,” Booker, a Democrat, said in a news release Tuesday morning.

The release also announced that Booker’s Newark chief of staff, Modia “Mo” Butler, will be his New Jersey state director.

Terrell, a graduate of Tufts and Boston College Law School, worked for Biden from 2001 to 2008. She was counsel for Biden on his Judiciary Committee staff and was then his deputy chief of staff.

She then worked as senior director of federal policy for Yahoo! before working with Obama.

Butler, a Philadelphia native, holds degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

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Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer’s Washington correspondent. He writes about the lawmakers, politics and policy that affect Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tamari previously covered the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL. Before that he worked in Trenton, reporting on the characters and color of New Jersey state government. He lives in Washington.

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