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  • Tribute to Kenneth E. Mannella

    by Senator Orrin G. Hatch

    Posted on 2015-12-07

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    HATCH. Mr. President, I wish to join my friend and Finance Committee colleague, Ranking Member Wyden, in offering appreciation to a dedicated public servant, Mr. Kenneth E. Mannella, who has worked steadily for the American people at the Social Security Administration and will soon pursue activities in retirement.

    Ken Mannella joined the Social Security Administration in 1996 as a legislative analyst with the Office of Legislation for Congressional Affairs. Currently, he serves as an associate commissioner for the Office of Congressional Affairs.

    Before joining the Social Security Administration, Ken worked for 8 years for Governor William Donald Schaefer of Maryland. In Governor Schaefer's final terms, Ken Mannella was director of the Maryland National Relations Office, where he worked with Congress to obtain Federal assistance to help Maryland pursue its priorities. Prior to his work in Maryland, Ken worked for the U.S. Senate for 10 years on the staff of Senator Richard Schweiker and for Senator Charles Mathias as counsel on the Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

    You don't have a career working with the Senate and in congressional relations for as long has Ken has been at it unless you are really good at what you do. And that has been our experience with Ken; he has excelled at developing relations that facilitate useful flows of information and ideas between whom he represents and Congress. It would be hard to find anyone who would not agree that Ken is always an honest broker and always there to help if you need it.

    I appreciate Ken's work with Congress, and I know that my good friend Senator Wyden does as well. We wish him all the very best as he moves on to pursue what lies ahead for him and genuinely appreciate the work he has done with Congress, for the Social Security Administration, and--of most importance--for beneficiaries of the Social Security programs.


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