New “power couple” at State?


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Paul J. Richards/AP)

The Kerry State Department also may boast its own dynamic duo. There’s chatter that Dan Sepulveda, who was on Secretary of State John Kerry’s personal staff, is moving off the Hill to Foggy Bottom to replace Phil Verveer.

Sepulveda, who worked for President Obama when he was a senator and was an assistant U.S. trade rep, joined Kerry’s Senate staff in late 2009 to work on communications, commerce and trade matters. He’s now working for temporary Sen. William “Mo” Cowan (D-Mass.).

Sepulveda is the long-time (some 14 years) boyfriend of Heather Higginbottom, former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Higginbottom, who had been Kerry’s legislative director in the Senate, was recently tapped by him to be his counselor.

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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