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December 2016

Phipps is out and Reese is in

Clyde L. Reese III

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal appointed the Honorable Clyde L. Reese III, Esq. to the Court of Appeals of Georgia. Reese replaced Judge Herbert Phipps and was previously the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health. Deal chose Reese for his “extensive legal experience in both the public and private sectors which make him the ideal candidate to join the Georgia Court of Appeals.”

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Combs Through to Chief Justice

Douglas L. Combs

The Oklahoma Supreme Court elected Douglas Combs as the next Chief Justice of the court. Justice began his new role a month early on December 1, 2016 and replaced outgoing Chief Justice John Reif, who needed to step down due to health concerns. Combs began his judicial career in 1995 and has been practicing law since 1976. He will remain Chief Justice for the next two years. View profile ↓

 

Former Chief of Staff Takes Role as Principal

David Peluso

David Peluso, formerly Chief of Staff to House Republican Conference Chair, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, joined Kountoupes | Denham as a principal. Peluso, who has a strong background in the political profession and is valued by Members and staff from both parties, is a well-known leader among House Republican Chiefs of Staff. View profile ↓

 

Purple Picks up Plotkin

Kyle Plotkin

Kyle Plotkin, previously a high-ranking aide to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, joined Purple Strategies LLC as a senior director. He’ll be focusing on crisis communications, issue advocacy and reputation management. Previously Plotkin served as Senior Policy and Research Analyst for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and Policy Analyst for Romney’s Commonwealth Political Action Committee. View profile ↓


 

 

 

Clyde L. Reese, III

Judge

Chambers of Judge Clyde L. Reese III, Court of Appeals of Georgia

47 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30334

Tel: (404) 656-3450

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Leadership® People ID 2007744911

Positions

 

Judge, Chambers of Judge Clyde L. Reese III, Court of Appeals of Georgia

Start Date: 2016

Appointed By: Governor Nathan Deal

Location:

47 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30334 
Tel: (404) 656-3450

 

 

 

Director, Board of Directors, Georgia Health Information Network Inc. [GaHIN]

Start Date: 2013

Location:

171 17th Street, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363 
Tel: (770) 249-4500

 

 

Bio

 

Education: Georgia State BS; Mercer JD

 

 

Career History

 

Commissioner, Department of Community Health, State of Georgia (2013-2016)

 

Interim Medical Assistance Plans Chief, Department of Community Health, State of Georgia (2015)

 

Commissioner, Department of Human Services, State of Georgia (2011-2013)

 

General Counsel, Department of Community Health, State of Georgia (2008-2011)

 

Commissioner, Department of Community Health, State of Georgia (2010-2011)

 

Executive Director, Health Planning Division, Community Health Department, State of Georgia (2007-2008)

 

Health Planning Division Director, Community Health Department, State of Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas L. Combs

Chief Justice

Chambers of Chief Justice Douglas L. Combs, Supreme Court of Oklahoma

2300 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Tel: (405) 556-9361

douglas.combs@oscn.net

Fax: (405) 556-9120

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Leadership® People ID 2010655195

Positions

 

Chief Justice, Chambers of Chief Justice Douglas L. Combs, Supreme Court of Oklahoma

Start Date: 2016

Appointed By: Governor C. Brad Henry
Term Expires: January 2023

Location:

2300 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 
douglas.combs@oscn.net
Tel: (405) 556-9361
Fax: (405) 556-9120

 

 

Bio

 

Date of Birth: October 17, 1951

Education: Oklahoma 1973; Oklahoma City 1976 JD

 

 

Career History

 

Vice Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma (2015-2016)

 

Justice, Supreme Court of Oklahoma (2011-2015)

 

 

David Peluso

Principal

Kountoupes | Denham

1333 H Street NW, Suite 1100 West, Washington, DC 20005

Tel: (202) 803-4585

Cell: (727) 644-0969

dave@kdindc.com

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Leadership® People ID 2007192186

Positions

 

Principal, Kountoupes | Denham

Start Date: 2016

Location:

1333 H Street NW, Suite 1100 West, Washington, DC 20005 
Tel: (202) 803-4585
Cell: (727) 644-0969
dave@kdindc.com

 

 

Bio

 

Education: St Petersburg 2004 BS

 

 

Career History

 

Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, District 5), United States House of Representatives (2013-2016)

 

Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL, District 12), United States House of Representatives (2013)

 

Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9), United States House of Representatives (2010-2013)

 

Communications Director, Office of Representative Gus Michael Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9), United States House of Representatives (2008-2010)

 

Legislative Assistant/Deputy Communications Director/Executive Assistant, Office of Representative Gus Michael Bilirakis (R-FL, District 9), United States House of Representatives (2007-2008)

 

 

 

Kyle Plotkin

Senior Director

Purple Strategies LLC

815 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

Tel: (703) 548-7877

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Leadership® People ID 2008671675

Positions

 

Senior Director, Purple Strategies LLC

Start Date: 2016

Location:

815 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314 
Tel: (703) 548-7877

 

 

Bio

 

Education: Miami 2004 BA

 

 

Career History

 

Communications Director, Jindal For President (2015)

 

Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Bobby Jindal, State of Louisiana (2014-2015)

 

Director, Department of Boards and Commissions, State of Louisiana (2013-2014)

 

Assistant Chief of Staff and Communications Director, Office of Governor Bobby Jindal, State of Louisiana (2013-2014)

 

Communications Director, Office of the Governor, State of Louisiana (2011-2013)

 

Press Secretary, Office of the Governor, State of Louisiana (2008-2011)

 

Deputy Communications Director, John Kennedy for U.S. Senate Inc., Louisiana -- U.S. Senate Campaigns (2008)

 

Senior Policy and Research Analyst, Romney for President, Inc. (2008)