Sherrill’s chief of staff gets top job at US Department of Transportation
After more than three years as chief of staff to Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), New Jersey-native Jean Roehrenbeck is joining the Biden administration to serve as Deputy U.S. Undersecretary of Transportation for Legislative Affairs. , positioning her to defend the state. transportation needs as a member of Pete Buttigieg’s inner circle.
Roehrenbeck, who begins her Department of Transportation service today, leaves with favored Sherrill to be reelected to a third term in a district that had sent only Republicans to Congress for 34 years.
“Jean Roehrenbeck was one of Capitol Hill’s most effective chiefs of staff,” Sherrill said. “Whether it was navigating a difficult political issue, determining the best course for a critical piece of legislation, or maintaining the morale of his staff during the darkest days of COVID, Jean has truly excelled.”
Sherrill has yet to name a new chief of staff. Her legislative director, Isaac Loeb, is expected to lead the congresswoman’s office in Washington for the rest of the year.
Biden has already poached a number of top Capitol Hill officials over the past two years, including top Washington aides to U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.
“Although I will miss her, this is a wonderful opportunity – and I’m always a fan of having our talented New Jersey officials in key administrative roles,” Sherrill said. “That’s especially true here, because Jean was my boss, because I worked hard to get the bipartisan infrastructure act to include priorities like the Gateway tunnel project.”
Prior to joining the Sherrill staff in 2019, Roehrenbeck served as Legislative Director for Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) and Director of Communications for Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn) from 2007 to 2009. She also spent four years in a senior at National Grid, one of the world’s largest distributors of electricity and gas.
Roehrenbeck will lead the team that interfaces with the House on transportation issues, a move that could be hugely important to New Jersey Democrats if the GOP gains control of the House in November’s midterm elections.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Jean to ensure New Jersey’s infrastructure needs are met and wish him the best in his new role,” Sherill said.