Concord, NH- New Hampshire’s 2nd District Congressman-elect Charlie Bass has announced that John W. Billings will serve as Chief of Staff.  Billings, a New Milford Connecticut native and Dartmouth College graduate (2000), first worked for Bass from 2002-2006 as Legislative Director.   He also served as a Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator-elect Mark Kirk in 2006, and most recently as a public policy advocate for the Food Marketing Institute in Washington D.C.

“I am thrilled to be working with John Billings again, and to have him lead our team in Washington,” said Bass.  “He is a seasoned Capitol Hill veteran with years of experience fighting for New Hampshire’s interests in Congress.   We will hit the ground running for New Hampshire in Washington.” 

Bass was first elected to Congress in 1994 when he defeated incumbent Democrat Dick Swett.   There he represented New Hampshire’s 2nd District until 2006.  For the last four years, he has served as an alternative energy consultant to various companies throughout New England.   Bass defeated Democrat Anne McLane Kuster in the November 2, 2010 General Election.

As Director of Government Relations for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), which conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, and education on behalf of its 1,500 member companies, Billings represented a membership with a combined annual sales volume of $680 billion, or three quarters of all retail food store sales in the United States.