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Debt supercommittee taps Bloomquist as general counsel

The bipartisan supercommittee tasked with tackling the country’s debt has made its latest staff hire.

Michael Bloomquist, who currently serves as deputy general counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been tapped to serve as general counsel for the 12-member debt-reduction panel, according to a Democratic supercommittee aide with knowledge of the hire.

News of the move comes one day before the joint select committee is set to hold its first meeting, slated for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The committee’s co-chairs, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), earlier announced that they had named Mark Prater as the panel’s staff director and Sarah Kuehl as deputy staff director. Prater is currently deputy staff director and chief tax counsel for Senate Finance Committee Republicans, while Kuehl is a senior budget analyst for Senate Budget Committee Democrats.

Bloomquist, who previously worked as deputy general counsel for the Energy and Commerce Committee from 2005 to 2007, rejoined the panel in January after spending three years at the law firm Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked on climate- and energy-related issues.

He earlier served as associate counsel and chief counsel to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, and also worked at the Patton Boggs law firm and at the Department of the Interior solicitor’s office.

A 1991 graduate of Hamilton College, Bloomquist earned his J.D. from the Washington University School of Law and holds an LL.M. from the George Washington University Law School.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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