At a Glance
- Career History:
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
(D-Mass.) (1993 to 2004); Press assistant, Senate Majority Leader
(D-Maine) (1989 to 1993)
- Birthday: Feb. 23, 1961
- Hometown: Edina, Minn.
- Alma Mater: University of St. Thomas, BA, 1983
- Spouse: Single
- Religion: Catholic
- DC Office: S-318, U.S. Capitol; 202-224-2939
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Path to Power
Manley, a Minnesota native, was born into a political family. His grandfather, Gerald Mullin, was a founder of Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
After earning his B.A. at University of St. Thomas, Manley wanted to head straight to the Hill, but it took him a year to find a job. In the meantime, he lobbied and worked at a law firm in St. Paul, experiences that would come in handy on the Senate floor.
Manley describes his job as putting a "Democratic stamp" on the Senate's work. He is often seen standing in the shadows at Reid 's press events or chatting with reporters. He also helped pioneer the Democratic war room strategy, a rapid-response team comprised of staffers that swiftly handles press problems.
In the 111th Congress, Manley said his main goals will be helping Reid end the war in Iraq and repair the economy. One of his biggest challenges will be convincing Republicans and an increasingly skeptical American public that the massive spending bills to stimulate the economy currently being considered by Congress are necessary.
Manley has worked for top Democratic senators for more than 20 years. His experiences have helped him develop a deep network of top lawmakers and prominent Hill staffers on both sides of the aisle.
He is particularly close with Don Stewart, who works with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); Brendan Daly, a top staffer for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); and Melissa Wagoner, who was a spokeswoman for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) until the senator's death in 2009.