THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD J. TARPLIN TO BE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR LEGISLATION AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN
The President announced today his intent to nominate Richard J. Tarplin of Arlington, Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary for Legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Mr. Tarplin was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation in February, 1993. In this role, he has aided the Assistant Secretary in overseeing the Office of Legislation. He works with top-level officials at the Department, the White House, the Congress, Office of Management and Budget, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of the media. Before joining the Administration, he served for five years as staff director of the Senate Subcommittee on Children, Family, Drugs, and Alcoholism, chaired by Senator Christopher Dodd. Additionally, he served as a legislative assistant to former Representative Leon Panetta and as a research assistant to former Representative Thomas Downey. Mr. Tarplin received his B.A. from Skidmore College in 1981.
The Assistant Secretary for Legislation serves as a principal advisor to the Secretary in all aspects of the Department's legislative programs, manages departmental relations with Congress, and serves as legislative liaison with the White House.