Obama's White House Hires Show Respect For Congress

12/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff Congressional Quarterly

Among the small number of White House staff announcements made so far by President-elect Barack Obama , most of the top spots have gone to recent Capitol Hill veterans.

The latest wave, announced early Sunday morning, includes Senior Adviser Pete Rouse, who served as Senate chief of staff to Obama and former Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, who was the chief of staff to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus .

They join incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel , a Chicago congressman who is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House leadership, and White House lobbyist Phil Schiliro, who worked as Daschle's policy director and was House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman 's top aide before joining the Obama campaign as a liaison to Capitol Hill.

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