THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN L. HILLEY TO BE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
The President has named John L. Hilley, currently Chief Counsel to Senate Democratic Leader Thomas Daschle, as Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs.
Hilley, who will take his new position effective February 1, has held senior positions in the United States Senate since 1986. He served as Assistant Director and then Staff Director of the Senate Committee on the Budget from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 1994, he was Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader George J. Mitchell. He has served in his current position with Senate Democratic Leader Daschle since January, 1995.
"There are few individuals with John's experience and understanding of the Congress," the President said. "He has done excellent work on behalf of Senate Democrats, and I am very pleased that he will be coming to work at the White House. John's knowledge of the issues in Congress, the people, and the institution will be vital to our continuing work on behalf of policies that benefit the American people."
Previously, Hilley held positions at the Congressional Budget Office and at Lehigh University. He received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Princeton University.
He resides in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife, Rosemary Hilley, and their sons, Ryan and Brendan.
"Few people understand the issues and personalities of Capitol Hill as well as John Hilley," Senator Daschle said. "Republicans and Democrats alike respect John for his intelligence and his integrity. John's insights were extremely important to me this year, and I know Senate Democrats and I will continue to work closely with him as he advises the President."