Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
226-7875, June 30, 2006
For IMMEDIATE Release
Hyde Announces Staff Changes at House
International Relations Committee
(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the
House International Relations Committee, announced on Friday the departure of a
senior member of the staff of the Committee on International Relations and a
reorganization of the staff of the Committee.
Jonathan “Jock” Scharfen, who has served with distinction as Chief Counsel and
Deputy Staff Director, will be departing at the end of the month to assume the
important post of Deputy Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Jock has made a tremendous contribution to the work of the Committee and we wish
him well in his new responsibilities at the Department of Homeland Security.
Tom Mooney, who served as Staff Director and General Counsel at the Judiciary
Committee prior to coming to International Relations Committee, will remain
General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Committee and continues to provide
overall guidance to the staff. The Committee, which has legislative and
oversight responsibility concerning the foreign relations policies of the United
States, has fifty Members of Congress in its ranks.
I have also promoted Hillel Weinberg, currently a full committee Senior
Professional Staff Member and Counsel, as the new Staff Director. Hillel has
been with the Committee since October, 1994, and was Republican Staff Consultant
to the Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East during the 1980s. He served in
the State Department during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush
and in several Senate and House offices and was engaged in the private practice
Another Senior Professional Staff Member of the Committee, Kristen Gilley, will
become the new Deputy Staff Director. Kristen has been with the Committee since
1993 and has been responsible for the legislative and oversight work of the
Committee concerning the Department of State's operations and budget, public
diplomacy and exchange programs, and, in addition, for our work on South Asia.
She is an expert on the legislative process and I will be relying on her to help
move several important bills through to the President's desk.
Additionally, Kirsti Garlock is being named Chief Counsel and Committee
Spokesperson. Kirsti served under my Chairmanship on the Judiciary Committee and
has continued to focus on matters of oversight, counter-terrorism and critical
national security issues. Her legal background includes several years in private
practice and judicial service as a Magistrate and Acting Judge in Ohio.
And rounding out our staff changes, Barton Forsyth becomes Deputy Chief Counsel.
After graduating magna cum laude from Washington and Lee Law School, Bart
clerked for the Honorable Judge Tehrune Miller. He has served as Counsel to the
Committee on International Relations for the past year.
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