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Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release June 14, 2000

     Washington, DC -- Vice President Gore today announced that Jim

Kennedy will join his staff as Director of Communications effective June 22, 2000. Mr. Kennedy currently is a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary.

"I am pleased Jim Kennedy is joining my office as Communications Director," Vice President Gore said. "Jim brings nearly twenty years of public service to this job, and I am sure his talent and experience will be very helpful to us all."

Mr. Kennedy replaces Laura Quinn, who will be Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee. "Laura has been an invaluable asset to me and this office. Her expertise and dedication to the public interest has served this Administration and our country well. I look forward to working closely with Laura in her new position, " Vice President Gore said.

Mr. Kennedy has served in the White House press office since January. He joined the Administration in February, 1998 as Special Advisor to the White House Counsel. For nearly 18 years, he worked for Joe Lieberman, most recently as Communications Director in his Senate office. He also worked for a short time as Director of Issues Management for Standard & Poor's in New York City. In the 1970's, Mr. Kennedy was a legislative assistant for then-Rep. Jim Mattox.

Jim Kennedy grew up in Wallingford, Connecticut and is a graduate of the University of Rochester (BA, history and political science, high honors) and American University (MA, public affairs journalism). He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Nancy Cintron Kennedy and their daughter, Ileana Beatriz.