U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions Names Rick A. Dearborn As Chief Of Staff
Monday, December 13, 2004
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Rick A. Dearborn as his Chief of Staff.
Dearborn, 39, returns to the Sessions staff after serving as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, a presidentially nominated, Senate-confirmed position. Dearborn had served six and a half years as Sessions' Legislative Director prior to his tenure at the Department of Energy.
Dearborn, a 1987 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, entered national politics in 1988 with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, working in both the Finance and Political divisions for three years. He went on to serve as Deputy Staff Director for the Secretary of the Senate Republican Conference to then-Sen. Robert Kasten (R-WI), and later to Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS). Dearborn was appointed Director of Congressional Relations for the U.S. Senate at the Heritage Foundation in 1993, a position he held for three years before returning to Capitol Hill to serve as Executive Director of the Senate Steering Committee. He joined Sessions' staff in 1997.
"Rick has done superior work for me and for the people of Alabama, and I am fortunate, indeed, to be able to bring him back as my chief of staff," Sessions said. "Rick served as my original Legislative Director, earning the respect of our staff, and knows the Senate as only a veteran of this body can. He has served in senior positions for a number of senators, Senate organizations and a major think tank, and I greatly value his advice and counsel. I am confident that Rick will serve this office with great distinction as we continue to work hard for all Alabamians." Commenting on his new appointment, Dearborn said: "I look forward to being back with a great team. As Legislative Director to Sen. Sessions, I got to know people all over the state. I am excited about renewing and expanding those ties."
Dearborn replaces Armand DeKeyser, 54, who has accepted a position as Executive Director for Government Relations at Kilpatrick Stockton, an Atlanta-based law firm with offices here and abroad. DeKeyser, a Mobile native and a 1972 graduate of Auburn University, served as Sessions' Chief of Staff for eight years. He also was Chief Administrative Officer at the Alabama Attorney General's office while Sessions was Alabama Attorney General and served in a senior position in the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Alabama during Sessions' tenure as U.S. Attorney. DeKeyser retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2000, capping a 28-year career that included six years of active duty and service in the Persian Gulf War.
"Armand has been a true friend and a trusted advisor, and my loss will be Kilpatrick Stockton's gain," said Sessions. "He is a consummate professional with superb judgment and impeccable integrity. Armand has worked tirelessly for the State of Alabama in a number of positions. I owe him a debt of gratitude and I wish him well in his new endeavor."