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Daschle Taps Former Aide for HHS Deputy Secretary

By Ceci Connolly
Thomas A. Daschle has tapped yet another former aide to join him at the Department of Health and Human Services. William V. Corr, former chief counsel to Daschle, will be nominated to become deputy secretary at the department.

Since 2000, the Arlington resident has been executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a privately-funded anti-smoking group. In that role, he lobbied to give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco.

If confirmed, the move will represent a return to HHS for Corr. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief of staff to then-Secretary Donna Shalala.

In his two decades on Capitol Hill, Corr has worked on both the House and Senate sides -- always for Democrats. He served as Daschle's top legal adviser from 1998 to 2000, when the South Dakota Democrat was the Senate minority leader. Corr also worked for Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) who, as the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will play a major role in shaping health reform legislation.

Other Daschle alums in the Obama administration include: Pete Rouse and Phil Schiliro at the White House and Jeanne Lambrew and Mark Childress at the new White House Office of Health Reform.

Posted at 7:57 AM ET on Jan 13, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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