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Pamela Patenaude confirmed as HUD Deputy Secretary

Sept. 20, 2017: Pamela H. Patenaude was confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Patenaude, of New Hampshire, was confirmed by an 80-17 vote in the Senate. She is currently the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America’s Families. She was previously the Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. She was also HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Community, Planning and Development during the George W. Bush administration. Patenaude received her B.S. from Saint Anselm College, and her master of science degree in community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University.

Luis Saenz appointed Chief of Staff, Texas Governor's Office

Sept. 20, 2017: Luis Saenz was appointed as the Chief of Staff at the Texas Governor’s Office by Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Saenz succeeds Daniel Hodge, who resigned to work in the private sector. Saenz is currently the principal and founder of Saenz Public Affairs, and he has been involved in politics at all levels of government for more than twenty-five years. Saenz started his professional career at The Heritage Foundation, a private, non-governmental political organization, in Washington, D.C. He previously worked as the Appointments Director for Abbott. Saenz has held senior staff positions for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; he was the Chief of Staff for former Texas Comptroller Carole Strayhorn; and he has worked as an Aide to former U.S. Senators Phil Gramm and Kay Hutchison, and former U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla. Saenz is a native of Carrizo Springs, Texas, and he graduated from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

D. Michael Dunavant confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Tennessee Western District

Sept. 20, 2017: D. Michael Dunavant was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee for a four-year term by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Dunavant, of Tennessee, was nominated for the post on June 12, 2017. Dunavant, of Tennessee, has been the District Attorney General for the 25th Judicial District in Tennessee since 2006. From 1995 to 2006, Dunavant practiced law at the Carney, Wilder and Dunavant law firm. Dunavant received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1995.

John McCaherty, Jefferson County Republican, resigns from Missouri State Senate District 33 seat

Sept. 20, 2017: John McCaherty, Jefferson County, Missouri, Republican, resigned from the Missouri State House of Representatives on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. McCaherty told The Kansas City Star that he resigned to focus on running for County Executive. He said he was not doing justice to the district while trying to work three jobs.

Steven Albright appointed Senior Adviser for State Operations, Texas Governor's Office

Sept. 20, 2017: Steven Albright was appointed as the Senior Adviser for State Operations at the Texas Governor’s Office by Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday, Sept. 18, 2017. Albright was previously Abbott’s Budget Director. Before he joined the Governor’s Office, Albright worked for eight years as the Chief of Staff for Texas State Sen. Robert Nichols. Albright also previously worked as the Policy Director for the Texas Senate Committee on Transportation. Albright also worked as a Legislative Director and a Chief of Staff at the Texas State House of Representatives. Albright received a master’s degree in public administration from Texas State University.

Louis Franklin confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Alabama Middle District

Sept. 20, 2017: Louis V. Franklin, Sr., was confirmed as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama for a four-year term by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Franklin, of Alabama, has worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Alabama Middle District for nearly twenty-seven years, including working as the Chief of the Criminal Division for nearly sixteen years. Earlier in his career, Franklin was a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Legal Services Corporation from 1987 to 1990. He then worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1990 to 1996, and from 1998 to 2001. From 1996 to 1998, he was an associate at Sirote and Permutt. Franklin received his B.A. from the University of Alabama in 1981, his M.S. from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1983, and his law degree from the Howard University School of Law in 1987.

Jessie Liu confirmed as U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C.

Sept. 20, 2017: Jessie K. Liu was confirmed as a U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., for a four-year term by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Liu, of Virginia, was born in Kingsville, Texas. Early in her career, Liu was a Law Clerk for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judge Carolyn D. King in 1998 and 1999. She then worked as an associate at Jenner and Block from 1999 to 2002, and she was a partner at the same firm from 2009 to 2016. She was also a partner at Morrison and Foerster in 2016 and this year, 2017. Previously, Liu was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., from 2002 to 2006. She worked at the U.S. Department of Justice during the administration of former President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2009, holding several posts, including Deputy Chief of Staff at the National Security Division; Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; and Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Civil Rights Division. Liu received her A.B., with a major in literature, from Harvard in 1995, and she received her law degree from the Yale Law School in 1998.