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January 07, 2015

Inhofe Announces Staff Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today announced staff changes in his personal office in Washington, D.C.

JOHN BONSELL is returning to the personal staff as Deputy Chief of Staff. Bonsell will work together with Ryan Jackson, the current chief of staff, to support Inhofe's staff and priorities, especially as it pertains to military policy.  Prior, Bonsell was the minority staff director for the Armed Services Committee (SASC) in the 113th Congress when Inhofe served as the ranking member. In this role, Bonsell managed the Republican staff of the committee while successfully implementing Inhofe’s agenda and national security priorities, helping to ensure the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for two consecutive years. Bonsell, a retired Army colonel, served as Inhofe’s military legislative assistant from 2001 to 2007 and rejoined the staff again in 2012 as Inhofe’s legislative director. 

"John’s leadership on my staff has been essential to the successful passage of the National Defense Authorization Act the past two years when I served as Ranking Member of the Armed Services Committee. As a retired Army Colonel and having been stationed in Oklahoma, John has played a vital role supporting my priority for an efficient, robust national defense. I look forward to him continuing on the team as my Deputy Chief of Staff.” 

ANTHONY J. LAZARSKI, “Lazer” is returning to Inhofe’s staff as the Senior Advisor for Military, Foreign Relations, and Veterans Affairs. Prior to this assignment, Lazarski, a retired Air Force colonel, was a Professional Staff Member (PSM) on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC). He oversaw Air Force readiness, development and procurement programs, military depots, U.S. Transportation Command programs, as well as land transfers, military construction and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. From 2007 to 2012, Lazarski served as Inhofe’s military legislative assistant. 

“Lazer has worked tirelessly to support one of my top priorities of ensuring Oklahoma’s military and veterans' needs are being met. As a retired Air Force Colonel and having been stationed in Oklahoma, I will continue to rely on Lazer’s insight for military and veteran policy in the new Congress.” 

LUKE HOLLAND has been promoted to Legislative Director. In his new role, he will be responsible for shaping and implementing the legislative agenda in Inhofe's personal office and in coordination with Inhofe’s assigned committees. Holland has worked for Inhofe since 2009, specializing in agriculture, aviation, energy and tax policy. In this role, Holland aided with the successful passage of H.R. 2591, which assists American Airline employees affected by the company’s bankruptcy, and with language in the 2014 Water Resource Reform and Development Act to permanently exempt farmers and ranchers from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure. Holland is a native of Bartlesville, Okla., and graduated summa cum luade from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science in finance.

“Luke has earned the title of legislative director because of his critical assistance with successfully passing legislation during the 113th Congress. I have relied on Luke to help take my policy priorities to the finish line, and I am confident he will continue to serve Oklahomans well in his new role as legislative director.” 


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