Speaker Ryan Names Jonathan Burks Chief of Staff

John Boehner

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today announced that he has promoted long-time aide Jonathan Burks to serve as chief of staff. Burks succeeds Capitol Hill veteran Dave Hoppe, who is departing the speaker’s office following the holidays to pursue a new opportunity. 

Burks, a policy specialist with experience in the House, Senate, and White House, has worked for Ryan for most of the last six years, most recently as the speaker’s national security advisor. In addition, Burks has been serving as the speaker’s liaison to the transition team of the incoming administration. With this announcement, the speaker released the following statement:

“I am eternally grateful to Dave Hoppe for returning to the Capitol to navigate this past year and help me make it such a success. When this job came at me unexpectedly, I asked Dave to take a year of his career and put together a speakership almost overnight. His invaluable experience, principled vision, and joyful demeanor made it truly seamless. He helped steer a conservative policy agenda and find critical common ground in divided government. I thank him for his friendship, and the whole House thanks him for his service. I wish Dave and his family all the best in his next adventure.

“No one is better suited to step into this role at this time than Jonathan Burks. Simply put, he can do it all. Jonathan is whip-smart, determined, and just knows how to get things done. From helping me pass my first budget years ago to running our transition efforts today, there’s never been a job I couldn’t throw at him. Having held senior positions in the House, Senate, and executive branch, he understands how every lever of government works and enjoys the respect of his peers across the board. Now, as we work to enact a bold agenda with the new administration, Jonathan’s broad and deep policy knowledge will be critical to delivering on our promises to the American people. I’m grateful that Jonathan has accepted this role and excited for him to get started.”

About Jonathan Burks:

Before becoming chief of staff, Jonathan Burks served as national security advisor to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). During his nearly two decades in public policy, he has been the policy advisor for budget and appropriations issues to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the policy director for the House Budget Committee under then-Chairman Ryan, the deputy policy director for the Romney for President campaign, the director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the senior advisor (chief of staff) to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, a special assistant to the President of the United States, a deputy assistant to the Vice President of the United States, and a policy analyst on the House Republican Policy Committee.

Burks received his Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife, Joy.

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