WASHINGTON, D.C.—Mary Matalin senior public affairs strategist for Vice President Dick Cheney, is leaving the White House and will take a position in the private sector. She will be replaced as assistant to the vice president for public affairs by Catherine Martin, who for the past year has served as deputy assistant for public affairs.
Matalin will remain an informal political adviser to the White House as President Bush prepares for re-election. She says she is seeking employment opportunities that will leave her more flexibility to be with her family.
“For over a year, Cathie has played an enormously important role in our office and a key role in the White House,” says Lewis Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney. “She will be ready from day one to take on the duties of assistant to the vice president for public affairs.”
Prior to joining the Vice President’s staff, Martin worked for Secretary of Commerce Don Evans as deputy chief of staff and White House liaison. Earlier, she served as policy director to former Texas attorney general John Cornyn, who was recently elected to the United States Senate.