Kerry hires new advisor

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) has hired Daniel Sepulveda as a senior advisor handling commerce, trade and business issues, as well as the key staffer handling issues related to the Senate Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, which Kerry chairs.

Previously, Sepulveda served as legislative assistant on commerce, trade, immigration and labor issues for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). He also worked for President Barack Obama when he was a Senator. During the Clinton Administration, Sepulveda served as a special assistant at the Department of Labor. Most recently he was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the Office of Congressional Affairs for the current administration.

“This is a big addition for my Washington office, and I’m lucky to have landed someone of Danny’s enormous skill and capacity to join my senior management team,” Kerry said in a press release.  “Danny knows how to navigate the Senate and the Administration and brings with him the political savvy and policy expertise to dive in head first.  He’s a sharp mind and a big thinker who will lend his skill on everything from telecommunications to trade and immigration at a time when we have more on our agenda than ever before.  We’re fortunate to have Danny as the newest member of our team and look forward to the work ahead.”

Sepulveda replaces Brian Rice, who left Kerry's office over the summer to join Verizon Communications' regulatory shop in Washington.