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Press Release
August 27, 2008

John Hamilton Appointed National Archives Congressional Affairs Director

Washington, DC…Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced today the appointment of John Hamilton to the position of Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Archives. Mr. Hamilton will assume his new position on September 15, 2008.

In making the announcement, the Archivist said, “I welcome John Hamilton who has nearly twenty years of Capitol Hill legislative policy and advocacy experience and has been a national leader in the higher education community. He has proven ability to communicate the importance of higher education and scholarly research to government, the business community and the public. I look forward to working with him to inform and educate the U.S. Congress on the priorities and accomplishments of the National Archives.”

For the last 12 years, Mr. Hamilton has led Federal relations efforts for the University of California (UC) in Washington, DC, representing ten campuses, five medical centers and three Department of Energy National Laboratories. As UC’s senior Federal relations official, his fields of expertise include the Federal budget and appropriations processes, science and technology policy, and higher education programs and regulations. During his tenure at the university, he held a variety of leadership positions with national higher education associations, built coalitions, led task forces, and chaired working groups with governmental relations peers in nearly every state.

For four years prior to working at the University of California, Mr. Hamilton served as the assistant director for Federal relations at the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges where he was an advocate to Congress and Federal agencies for 170 public research universities on key policy and funding issues.

From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Hamilton was a legislative assistant to U.S. Congressman Robert Traxler, following issues related to education, science, labor, civil service, transportation and the Federal courts.

Mr. Hamilton is a native of Michigan. He received a BA in history from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan and an MBA from an international graduate school at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea.

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For media information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.

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