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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 12, 1997


The President announced today that he has given White House Director for Legislative Affairs John Hilley an expanded role as both Senior Advisor to the President and Director for Legislative Affairs.

In a letter to Congressional leaders, the President wrote, "John's role and position is an indication of the importance that I attach to this Administration's relations with the Congress. We are firmly committed to enacting bipartisan legislation in areas of critical importance to our country."

Mr. Hilley became Director for Legislative Affairs on February 1, 1996. Prior to his White House appointment, Mr. Hilley served in a number of senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, including Chief Counsel to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, Chief of Staff to Senate Democratic Leader George J. Mitchell, and Assistant Director and then Staff Director of the Senate Committee on the Budget.

Mr. Hilley received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Princeton University.