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August 21, 2006




Governor Mitt Romney today announced the following staff changes:



Mark Nielsen, the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, will become Chief of Staff, replacing Beth Myers who is leaving to become Director of the Commonwealth PAC. Founded by the friends of Governor Romney, the Commonwealth PAC supports electing Republican candidates across America.


Deputy Chief Legal Counsel Brian Leske will become the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, replacing Nielsen.

Nielsen has served as Chief Legal Counsel since 2004, advising the Governor on judicial selection, legal aspects of policy questions and legal issues arising in connection with the Governor’s decision to sign or veto legislation. As Chief Legal Counsel, Nielsen also directed litigation on behalf of the Governor’s Office, including the two court cases that aided in the Governor’s successful effort to bring new leadership to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.


Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Nielsen practiced law in Connecticut and served two terms in the Connecticut State Senate. He is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.


Leske has served as Governor Romney’s Deputy Chief Legal Counsel since 2004. In this position he advised the Governor on the exercise of executive powers and provided leadership and coordination to the legal staff of all executive branch agencies.


Before joining the Governor’s Office, Leske served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Appeals Unit and in the Anti-Terrorism & National Security Unit in Boston. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, he specialized in appellate litigation and constitutional law in Washington, D.C.


Leske holds bar memberships for the U.S. Supreme Court, ten federal courts of appeal, the Commonwealths of Massachusetts and Virginia, and the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and The Georgetown University Law Center, where he was member of the law review.





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