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September 14, 2006
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Hires House Commerce Counsel Kelly Cole To Join GR Team

WASHINGTON, DC - Kelly Cole, majority counsel to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will join the National Association of Broadcasters as vice president of government relations. Cole is one in a series of staff additions to the NAB Government Relations department that will include both Republicans and Democrats. She will report to NAB Executive Vice President Douglas Wiley.

Cited by National Journal as one of Capitol Hill's top staffers, Cole has served for six years as majority counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), where she has handled mass media, Internet and satellite issues. Prior to that, Cole practiced law for Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds in both Washington, DC and Portland, Oregon.

"Kelly is one of the smart people who have come to the Energy and Commerce Committee staff, worked hard and succeeded," said Barton. "Her commitment to public service, her policy expertise and professionalism, and her can-do attitude made us proud of her. We were lucky to have Kelly for six years, and I know she will make her mark at NAB."

Said Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), "As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, it has been my pleasure and privilege to work with Kelly Cole. I rely upon her for intelligent, balanced and astute advice on a wide range of issues - Kelly not only gets the job done, but gets it done well. She will be missed by me as well as all of the members of the Subcommittee."

Cole received her J.D. in 1996 from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. She also holds a bachelors degree from Mills College in Oakland, California.

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