Former Clinton chief of staff to give address at Penn State Dickinson

January 12, 2006

John Podesta, President Bill Clinton's former chief-of-staff, will present "The State of the Union" at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Student Lounge of Trickett Hall, 150 South College St., Carlisle. The event is open to the public free of charge and sponsored by the school's Speakers Trust and Dickinson Democrats student organizations.

Podesta, a prominent leader in the Democratic Party who now serves as president and chief executive officer of the Center for American Progress (CAP), chose the law school as a kickoff for his official "State of the Union" address that will take place at a later date in Washington, D.C.

Podesta was appointed to his current position with the liberal think tank CAP at its 2003 founding in Washington D.C. by the organization's founders George Soros and Morton H. Halperin. CAP is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to "promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all," according to its mission statement.

Along with working for the CAP, Podesta also is a visiting professor of law on the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center and is a frequent guest of Sunday morning news programs. As one of Washington's leading experts in technology policy, Podesta has written and lectured extensively on the subject as well as on issues of congressional investigations, legislation, copyright and public interest law.

A native of Chicago and former trial attorney in the Department of Justice's Honor Program in the Land and Natural Resources Division, Podesta has served in a number of capacities on Capitol Hill over the course of his political career. Prior positions include counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle from 1995 to 1996; chief counsel for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry from 1987 to 1988; and, from 1979 to 1981, as chief minority counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks; Security and Terrorism; and Regulatory Reform.

As Clinton's chief-of-staff from October 1998 to January 2001, Podesta oversaw all policy development, Congressional relations, daily operations and staff activities of the White House. He was a member of the president's cabinet and a principal on the National Security Council, and he coordinated the work of cabinet agencies with a particular emphasis on the development of federal budget and tax policy.

Before joining the Clinton administration, Podesta was president and general counsel of Podesta Associates Inc., a Washington, D.C., government relations and public affairs firm he founded with his brother.

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