Meet Linda Hall Daschle, wife of former Senator Tom Daschle and prominent Washington lobbyist. Read her biography and see photos and a video below.
Obama held yet another press conference today to announce yet another cabinet position for his forthcoming administration. He announced that he has appointed former Senator Tom Daschle head up the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, Daschle will be the director of the White House office of health reform.
Daschle says that he is going to write Obama’s health care plan. You probably think that sounds like a huge job for one man. Not to worry though! Daschle’s wife is Linda Hall Daschle, a well known Washington aviation lobbyist. She is considered one of the most powerful and influential lobbyists in the arena. She has worked for health care related firms in the past. I’m sure she’ll be supportive and very helpful. She will be resigning her position in order to assure we the people that there will not be a conflict of interest.
Daschle told CNN that Linda Daschle would be leaving the firm at the end of the year … in order to clear any potential conflicts of interest.
In addition, Obama himself pledged, during his campaign, that none of his appointees would have any connections with lobbyists for at least two years prior to their appointment. He will not allow corruption or questionable activities going on under his watch.
That should give us all pause with his track record of keeping his promises so far.
Here’s a little information on Linda Daschle.
Linda Hall Daschle Biography
Linda Hall was born in Oklahoma. She grew up in Kansas and attended Kansas State University. She was Miss Kansas in 1976. In 1984 she married Tom Daschle who had three children by his first marriage, Kelly, Nathan, and Lindsay.
During the Clinton administration, Daschle was acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. She currently works for Baker Donelson Bearman & Caldwell as a Senior Public Policy Advisor. She is considered one of Washington’s most powerful lobbyist. Among her clients are American Airlines, Boeing, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Lockheed Martin and L3 Communications.
She has served on numerous boards including the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Ford’s Theatre Society.
From 1978 to 1980 she was Director of Marketing for Royal-Air Limited Director of Marketing. In 1980, she served as Director of Marketing for the Mississippi Valley Airline. Also in 1980 until 1984 she was the Regional Director of the Civil Aeronautics Board. 1985 until 1987 she was the Director of Federal Affairs for the Air Transport Association. She served as Senior Vice President of the American Association of Airport Executives from 1987 to 1993. From 1993 until 1997 she was the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration during the Clinton Administration.
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