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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 – Effective on Monday, Jan. 31, Krysta Harden, Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations at USDA, will assume the role of Chief of Staff for Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. John Berge, currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations, will serve in the interim, per the line of succession, until a new Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations is named.
Berge, a one-time state executive director of the Farm Service Agency in Nebraska, handled White House liaison at USDA for the first year of the Obama administration. He chaired the Obama campaign in Nebraska in 2008 and has been an assistant to three Nebraska Democratic senators.
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