U.S. Chamber Names Margaret Spellings as Senior Advisor

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that Margaret Spellings will join its team as Senior Advisor to President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. Ms. Spellings is President and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company and most recently served as Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush.

"Margaret will help us with a broad range of initiatives, including a new program of outreach to governors and mayors," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "We are very excited to be benefiting from her extraordinary experiences in state and federal government."

Ms. Spellings was the Secretary of Education under the Bush administration and was previously Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. She was one of the principal proponents of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act aimed at reforming primary and secondary education. In 2005, she convened a Commission on the Future of Higher Education to recommend reform at the post-secondary level.

Ms. Spellings earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Houston in 1979, worked on an education reform commission under Texas Governor William P. Clements and as associate executive director for the Texas Association of School Boards. Before her appointment to the Bush administration, Spellings was the political director for Bush's first gubernatorial campaign in 1994, and later became a senior advisor to Bush during his term as Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000.

Ms. Spellings began her new position on April 1, 2009.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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