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Cole Applauds Secretary Esper’s Pick for New Chief of Staff

January 6, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Pentagon confirmed that Jen Stewart has been appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

“I am delighted to hear that Defense Secretary Mark Esper has selected Jen Stewart to serve as his new Chief of Staff. I have known Jen for a number of years, including when she served with exceptional skill as National Security Adviser to both Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan. And since 2017, she has done an outstanding job as the Republican Staff Director at the House Armed Services Committee, advising former Chairman and now Ranking Member Mac Thornberry.

“Jen not only has outstanding national security expertise, but she knows and understands Congress well. I am confident that she will provide invaluable assistance to Secretary Esper and the Administration, helping to further build on the significant progress made funding our national defense in recent in years.”