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Ann Adler Named Reclamation's Chief, Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Media Contact: Sarah K. Webster, 202-513-0568,

For Release: May 04, 2015

WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López has appointed Ann Adler to serve as Reclamation's Chief, Congressional and Legislative Affairs. She will oversee Reclamation's congressional and legislative affairs activities and serve as Reclamation's primary liaison with Congress.

"Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to Reclamation, as she has worked for both the Senate and the House of Representatives," Commissioner López said. "She has a real understanding of issues and how they affect the districts. Our water and energy concerns are her specialty."

Adler started her career working for U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. From the very beginning she knew she wanted to work for the government. She recalls how her father was always involved in local issues and how much he cared about people's needs.

"I watched my father work with Senators Byrd and Randolph to bring flood protection to our hometown," she said. "Through that effort, seeing how the government could improve people's lives, inspired me to get into public service."

In 1989, Adler started her government career working as a Press Assistant and then as a Press Secretary/Communications Director in Senator Byrd's office. It was there where she learned the "ins and outs" of the government. She says the senator acted as a mentor and educated his staff on the government.

In 2000, Adler became Chief of Staff at Senator's Byrd's office. She formulated legislative policy and provided counsel on the White House and Congressional agendas, collaborated with professional staff of Appropriations, Armed Services and Budget Committees, and directed daily operations of the Senator's personal office.

In 2004, she moved on to become the Senior Policy Advisor for the House of Representatives' Natural Resources Committee, Democratic staff, where she oversaw the work of the Committee press office and coordinated policy initiatives with the six subcommittees. Then in 2011, she became the Deputy Chief of Staff for the House's Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, where she helped to direct operations of the Committee Minority.

"I look forward to building on my years of Congressional service and bringing the lessons I have learned to assist Reclamation and support the Administration's initiatives," she said. "I value this chance to continue learning and helping the communities Reclamation serves."

Adler has a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University. She is originally from Weston, West Virginia. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Ron, who works for the Department of the Navy, and her two children, Morgan and Reilly.

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