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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 10, 1997

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Gore today (6/10) named Kay Casstevens as his Director of Legislative Affairs. She replaces Thurgood Marshall, Jr., who was recently named Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary.

"I am pleased to welcome Kay to my staff," the Vice President said. "I am certain that her experience on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch makes her the ideal person for the job. Kay brings her expertise in the legislative process, policy analysis, and legislative strategy development to my office. She has served the Secretary of Education very well, and I know she will do an excellent job in her new position."

In 1993, President Clinton appointed Casstevens as Assistant Secretary for Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the Department of Education. In her position, she served as the principal legislative adviser and chief liaison to Congress for the Secretary of Education.

Prior to coming to the Administration, Casstevens had almost twenty years of wide-ranging experience on Capitol Hill. She served as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Legislative Director to Representative John Sieberling (D-OH), and as a Legislative Aide to Senator George McGovern (D-SD). Casstevens also served as Deputy Campaign Manager for the Americans for Harkin campaign in 1991 and 1992, on the communications staff of the Dukakis-Bentsen campaign in 1988, and as Deputy Issues Director for Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

Casstevens graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and received her law degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Casstevens is a native of Fort Worth, Texas.