Ranking Member Sessions Welcomes New Staff Director

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued the following statement today welcoming the Committee’s new minority staff director:

“We are all sad to see Marcus Peacock leave the Budget Committee and wish him the best of luck in his next adventure. Marcus joined up with us from my first day as Ranking Member, and he has been a source of wise counsel and leadership ever since. His keen judgment proved indispensable during the many high-stakes budget debates of the last two-and-a-half years. He brought an amazing enthusiasm and exuberance to his leadership role that was admired by all his colleagues. Marcus is one of the finest public servants I have had the pleasure to work with—his character and decency have been recognized by everyone on the Hill, Democrat and Republican alike. My admiration for him is unbounded and I hate to see him go. I understand he plans to begin working on a book soon, and I am very much looking forward to reading it.

While I will miss Marcus’ advice and judgment, I am pleased to announce that we will be joined by Eric Ueland as staff director on the Budget Committee. I got to know Eric when he worked for Assistant Majority Leader Don Nickles and later as Chief of Staff to Majority Leader Frist, and was impressed with his intimate knowledge of the workings of the Senate. With his previous roles, he’s familiar with the kinds of difficult budget issues that Congress must confront. I am grateful that he’s agreed to come back to the Senate to lead our team.”