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Veteran Capitol Hill aide Steve Haro to take over as Feinstein’s chief of staff

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced the appointment of Jennifer Duck as Democratic staff director for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Steve Haro, who has a long career on Capitol Hill, will take over as Feinstein’s chief of staff. The appointments will be effective January 9.


Duck has served as Feinstein’s chief of staff since June 2013. Before that, she served as vice president of government relations and corporate leadership for Pfizer. Prior to Pfizer, Duck served as staff director and chief counsel to Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Duck also worked as counsel to former Democratic Leader Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.); counsel to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and senior policy advisor for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

“Jennifer Duck is well-suited to serve as my lead staffer on the Judiciary Committee,” Feinstein said. “She not only has significant experience in the public and private sectors, she also has worked on the Judiciary Committee in the past during key administration and judicial confirmations. I trust her counsel and look forward to working with her as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.”


Steve Haro moves to Senator Feinstein’s office from the Department of Commerce, where he serves as assistant secretary for legislative and intergovernmental affairs. Before that he served as chief of staff to Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Haro has also served as Western regional political director and national Hispanic outreach coordinator for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and served in various senior positions for Rep. Xavier Becerra.

“I’m pleased to welcome Steve Haro to my personal office,” Feinstein said. “Steve has a long history of key positions in Washington, and his familiarity with California will be a significant asset. Steve will be supervising a staff of more than 70 in five offices in Washington and California, and I will rely on his experience to keep the operation running steadily and build on our successes to help the people of California.”