HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers Announces Staff Changes

Aug 1, 2013
HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers Announces Staff Changes

For Immediate Release                              Contact: Susan Phalen
August 1, 2013                                                         Susan.Phalen@mail.house.gov

HPSCI Chairman Mike Rogers Announces Staff Changes

 

Washington, D.C. --  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers today announced changes to the Committee’s leadership staff.  Darren Dick has been appointed Staff Director. Darren has served as HPSCI’s Deputy Staff Director since January 2011. Additionally, Chairman Rogers promoted Katie Wheelbarger to serve as the Deputy Staff Director.  Katie joined the Committee in April of 2011 as Senior Counsel.  Michael Allen, HPSCI Staff Director since Chairman Rogers assumed the Chairmanship in January 2011, will be stepping down at the end of the week to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Rogers congratulated Michael on new opportunities and highlighted the experienced staff leadership that will continue moving the Committee forward.

“It is with great gratitude for his service, leadership, and unwavering commitment that I wish Michael Allen well as he embarks on exciting new opportunities,” Rogers said. “Since the beginning of my Chairmanship, I have relied on Michael’s solid insights and wise counsel.  He has served the Committee, the Intelligence Community, and the country well, and helped ensure our men and women on the front lines in the Intelligence Community have the resources they need to protect America. I know he will have more contributions to America to come,” Rogers said.

“Darren’s steadfast leadership and years of experience in intelligence issues on both sides of the Hill and as a U.S. Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer will serve the Committee well,” Chairman Rogers said.  “Darren is highly respected in the Intelligence Community and is dedicated to leading the Committee staff as the Committee continues its robust oversight of the Intelligence Community.”

Chairman Rogers continued, “Katie’s experience in leadership positions at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and her knowledge of intelligence and national security issues, coupled with her brilliant legal mind, make her a solid choice to serve as Darren’s Deputy.  Darren and Katie understand that when it comes to intelligence and national security issues, there is no room for partisanship. Together they will provide the leadership the Committee needs to build on our successes and they will continue promoting a culture of bipartisanship.”

 

*Editor’s Note – Background on Darren Dick and Katie Wheelbarger

 

Darren Dick - Staff Director

Darren Dick served as the Deputy Staff Director for the House Intelligence Committee from January 2011 to July 2013.  He is a veteran of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he served as Counsel for the Committee and also as Deputy Staff Director. He was previously Senior Manager and Counsel for Government Relations and Public Policy at the EMC Corporation. Darren spent three years in the office of U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) as principal advisor to the Senator on national security issues. Prior to his work for Senator Roberts, he worked as a litigation attorney in Overland Park, KS. From 1992-1996 Darren worked as the Military Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Robert Dole (R-KS).  He is an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves and holds a Masters Degree in National Security & Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

 

Katie Wheelbarger – Deputy Staff Director

Katie Wheelbarger served as Senior Counsel for the House Intelligence Committee from April 2011 to July 2013. She previously served as General Counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney and Counselor to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.  Prior to her time in government, Ms. Wheelbarger was an attorney with the law firms Cooper & Kirk, PLLC and Irell & Manella LLP.  She also clerked for Judge Steven S. Trott of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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