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Slaughter staffer tapped for post

Don Sisson, one of Rep. Louise Slaughter’s longest-serving staffers and a native of Western New York, will become a special assistant to the president for Legislative Affairs.

Sisson has worked with Democrats and Republicans for the House Rules Committee since 2004, most recently serving as the committee’s Democratic deputy staff director.

Sisson is from Albion, Orleans County. After graduating from SUNY Brockport, he worked as a clerk for the Rules Committee and moved up in the ranks to chief clerk, director of legislative operations and legislative director before becoming deputy staff director. He has been responsible for overseeing all functions of the Rules Committee, including managing committee meetings for Democrats, coordinating vote recommendations for the congresswoman and serving as the Democratic floor director.

“As someone who could always be counted on as a friend, as someone with extraordinarily gifted intelligence, as being able to work his way through the most dangerous Gordian knot, Don Sisson is a man for all seasons,” Slaughter said Thursday on the House floor. “I just want the White House to understand what a jewel they are getting.”