Committee Announces New Staff Director

Published: Nov 3, 2015

WASHINGTON—Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) issued the following statement upon announcing Jennifer Hemingway, current Staff Director for the Government Operations Subcommittee, as the Committee’s new Staff Director. The Committee’s current Staff Director, Sean McLaughlin, recently announced plans to return to the private sector at the end of the year.

“Jennifer is an invaluable asset to the Committee. She has excelled in her current role and I have no doubt she will step into the role of Staff Director with ease. She is a proven manager and leader who will guide the Committee with a steady hand. Her expertise and knowledge of the Committee is unparalleled. I am excited to work side-by-side with her moving forward.

 I am extremely grateful to Sean who took a hiatus from his private sector employment to help me get the Committee up and running. Together, we’ve assembled an impressive and talented team. It’s been an incredibly  successful first year and I thank him for his guidance and counsel. I wish Sean the best in all his future endeavors both personally and professionally and look forward to working with him again.”


Jennifer has served on the House Oversight Committee since 2011. Prior to joining the Committee, she was the Staff Director for the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and District of Columbia. She was also a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs under Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME).  Jennifer has also held legislative positions in the offices of former Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Joe Scarborough (R-FL) as well as with the Department of Transportation and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She has a Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Florida.