President Barack Obama appointed David Weaver, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen’s chief of staff, as the new chief spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Weaver will assume his post July 19 and will manage NASA’s communications and strategic press operations for the agency’s 10 research and flight centers in the United States. He will act as White House liaison and report to NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
According to the Gazette.net, Van Hollen commented on Weaver’s new role.
“I’ve known David for 20 years, and during that time he’s been both a friend and an adviser,” he said. “I look forward to this friendship and teamwork continuing well into the future.”
Replacing Weaver as Van Hollen’s top aid is Karen Robb. She previously held this position but then became director of policy in Van Hollen’s leadership office when he became assistant to the speaker in January 2009.
Friday marks Weaver’s last day as Van Hollen’ top aide until he takes on his new responsibilities.