Barack Obama has announced Senior Adviser Pete Rouse, former Majority Leader Tom Daschle, and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina to his staff roster, CQ Politics reports.

“They join incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, a Chicago congressman who is the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House leadership, and White House lobbyist Phil Schiliro, who worked as Daschle’s policy director and was House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman’s top aide before joining the Obama campaign as a liaison to Capitol Hill.

“While Capitol Hill experience is not the primary reason for the appointments, the hires reflect Obama’s sensitivity to the importance of Congress in governance, according to a senior transition official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.”

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Peter Fray

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