California Democrat Henry Waxman, who chairs the potentially powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — has a new senior staffer to head up one of his most important subcommittees.
Dave Turk, who handled national security legal issues on the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.), is now the new staff director of the National Security and Foreign Affairs subcommittee of the House Oversight Panel.
The subcommittee, headed by six-term Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), is the largest of the committee’s five subcommitteees and arguably its most important. It opens the post President’s Day legislative season with a Washington Post-induced hearing on the treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital.
Turk spent three years as a counsel for Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), and the past three years on Biden’s staff. A University of Virginia law school graduate, he clerked for then Chief Judge Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.