WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced today that he will nominate longtime congressional aide Ed Cassidy as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House when the Second Session of the 113th Congress convenes in January. Cassidy will succeed Daniel J. Strodel, who announced recently he will retire as CAO at the end of this year.
Cassidy currently serves as Director of House Operations in the Office of the Speaker, and has been a senior leadership aide to Boehner for the past seven years. He began his House career as a college intern in 1977 and has spent more than three decades in the legislative and executive branches of government. As CAO, Cassidy will direct offices and personnel responsible for House operating budgets, financial management, procurement, payroll and benefits, information technology, cyber security, campus food services, office equipment and furnishings, and broadcast services.
“Ed Cassidy knows every nook and cranny of the people’s House,” said Speaker Boehner. “Here on Capitol Hill, he has long been a go-to guy for officers, staff, and especially lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. That is a tribute to Ed’s integrity and even-handed judgment, which has guided every institutional decision I have made. No one is better suited to serve as our next chief administrative officer, and I’m confident the full House will agree. Losing Ed from my office makes this nomination bittersweet, but knowing how much good he will do for the institution makes it a proud one as well.”
Earlier in his career, Cassidy served as chief of staff to several Members of Congress and held senior positions with the House Ethics Committee and House Rules Committee. In the administration of President George H.W. Bush, he served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Minerals Management Service and as the Interior Department’s deputy chief of staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget.
“I’m deeply honored by Speaker Boehner’s confidence in me, and grateful for this opportunity to continue serving an institution that I love,” said Cassidy. “I am also looking forward to becoming part of the outstanding CAO team that Dan Strodel has led so well – and to serving alongside fellow House officers Karen Haas and Paul Irving.”
Cassidy studied economics and government at Fairfield University in his home state of Connecticut and at Georgetown University. He holds a masters degree in public administration (MPA) from American University in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Laura, live in Alexandria, Virginia and have three daughters.