Lt. Gov. Brown a co-chair of Obama veterans team

Obama's Tramsition

November 18, 2008|By Gadi Dechter | Gadi Dechter,gadi.dechter@baltsun.com

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown has been appointed co-chairman of President-elect Barack Obama's transition team overseeing veterans policy, officials said yesterday.

At the Agency Review Team for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Brown - an Iraq war veteran and 24-year member of the Army Reserves - will help formulate the incoming administration's policy goals regarding veterans. Brown will be working with Maryland Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez, who is part of a team reviewing personnel and policies at the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development.

Brown, who was at Harvard Law School at the same time as Obama and who endorsed Hillary Clinton, has no plans to quit his current position, spokesman Michael Raia said yesterday.

Other Marylanders working on the transition include Alan H. Fleischmann, who was former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's chief of staff; and Gary Gensler, a former Maryland Democratic Party treasurer who worked in the Treasury Department in the Clinton administration.

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