Greg Speed leaving DCCC

Greg Speed, the communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), is leaving the committee for a job with Communities for Quality Education (CQE), a Washington-based education advocacy group.

Speed, who has been with the DCCC since March 2003, will be replaced by Bill Burton, who joins the committee after a short stint in the communications office of Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Senators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Senate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial MORE (D-Ill.).

Burton previously served as Midwest communications director for the John KerryJohn Forbes KerryUN chief warns unchecked climate change will mean 'survival of the richest' Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: 'scathing indictment' Live coverage: DOJ inspector general testifies on Capitol Hill MORE 2004 presidential campaign after serving as Iowa communications director for Dick Gephardt’s unsuccessful campaign.

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Speed started at the DCCC in March 1997 and left in January 1998 to join the personal office of former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas). Speed served in Frost’s personal office until 2003, when Speed rejoined the committee as a member of the communications staff.

He will remain with the DCCC until the end of next week and was expected to start his new job at the end of March or the beginning of April.

He will serve as CQE’s national communications director. Among its many agenda items, CQE is working to implement changes in the No Child Left Behind Act, as well as to fund fully the initiative.

Burton previously worked on the Hill as the press secretary for Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinNew Hampshire parochialism, not whiteness, bedevils Democrats Democrats must question possible political surveillance Wisconsin lawmaker gets buzz-cut after vowing not to cut hair until sign language bill passed MORE (D-Iowa) and former Rep. Bill Luther (D-Minn.). He hails from Buffalo, N.Y., and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Patrick O’Connor