Obama mourns White House staffer killed in bicycle crash

President Obama on Sunday mourned the loss of a top White House staffer who was killed in a bicycle crash.

Jake Brewer, 34, had worked on technology policy at the White House since this summer and was a top Obama adviser at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.


“Simply put, Jake was one of the best,” Obama said in a Sunday statement.

“Armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back, Jake devoted his life to empowering people and making government work better for them. He worked to give citizens a louder voice in our society. He engaged our striving immigrants. He pushed for more transparency in our democracy. And he sought to expand opportunity for all.”

Obama said he was “heartbroken” by Brewer’s death.

Brewer was killed Saturday afternoon near Mount Airy, Md., on a charity bicycle ride, when he hit an oncoming car, according to The Washington Post.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Katharine Ham, and daughter, Georgia.