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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 17, 1996


The President today named Barry J. Toiv as Deputy Press Secretary to the President, effective July 29.

Since September, 1994, Toiv, 41, has served as a Senior Advisor to the White House Chief of Staff, Leon E. Panetta. Previously, he served as Associate Director for Public Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, as Director of Press and Publications at the House Budget Committee, and as press secretary to Panetta when he was a member of Congress.

As Deputy Press Secretary, Toiv will work under White House Press Secretary Michael D. McCurry. He will share responsibilities for working with the White House press corps with Deputy Press Secretary Mary Ellen Glynn. He will also continue to perform press responsibilities for Panetta.

"I'm very pleased to have a press secretary with Barry's experience joining the press office. The combination of his Capitol Hill and Executive Branch experience, and his knowledge of the White House will make him a real asset for both me and the White House press corps," the President said.

"I'm very proud of the work Barry has done for me for 18 years, and I know he's going to do a great job for the President and for Mike. As Chief of Staff, though, I feel like I'm losing a press secretary and gaining one at the same time," Panetta said.

Toiv was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. degree from Harvard University.

He is married to Christine A. Fitzgerald, and they have two children: Daniel Fitzgerald Toiv and Nora Fitzgerald Toiv. They reside in Takoma Park, Maryland.