President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Melody Barnes to be Director of the Domestic Policy Council:
Melody Barnes is co-director of the Agency Review Working Group for the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and served as the Senior Domestic Policy Advisor to Obama for America. Barnes previously served as Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress and as chief counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee from December 1995 until March 2003.
Healthcare reform, as part of an economic recovery plan that takes care of the middle class, will be a priority for Barnes. We appreciate the work she’s done in the past, and we’re sure she’ll do great work in the new administration.