Boehner selects House chief administrator

In a strong bipartisan move, House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday he will nominate Daniel Strodel to be the lower chamber’s chief administrative officer (CAO) next Congress.

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the outgoing Speaker, named Strodel to take over as CAO earlier this year after his predecessor, Dan Beard, stepped down following an unfavorable inspector general report on the House’s payroll and finance office.

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Strodel has earned praise from members on both sides of the aisle as CAO, which oversees the chamber’s technological infrastructure, food contracts and payroll.

In previous years, the CAO has been selected by a bipartisan panel of members, but the Speaker has the sole discretion to nominate their choice for the position, as Pelosi did with Beard in 2007, to Republicans' disapproval.

Strodel has had a long career on Capitol Hill focusing on the Capitol’s internal workings. He has served as the director of human resources for the U.S. Capitol Police, general counsel to the House sergeant at arms, legal counsel for the clerk of the House, general counsel to the Senate sergeant at arms and senior adviser to the House Administration Committee.

“Every one of us in the CAO organization shares the goal of doing all we can to support the important work done by members of Congress and their staffs,” said Strodel in a statement.