By Erik Wasson
The new chairwoman of the committee, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), announced Friday that she is elevating Charles Kieffer to be committee staff director and Gabrielle Batkin to be the deputy director.
Kieffer replaces Charlie Houy, who has served as director since 2009. Houy was a close associate of former chairman Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who died suddenly in December.
Batkin has been the Clerk of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee. She replaces Margaret Cummisky, who will become the Committee’s General Counsel.