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Sunday, January 10, 2010

John Boehner's Top Aide Dies Suddenly of Heart Attack: Pelosi On Down Shocked

CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Paula Nowakowski was the 46-year-old chief of staff to House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Butler County. She passed away late Saturday from apparent heart attack, a death that shocked the Washington political establisment on both sides of the aisle. President Obama phoned Boehner to offer condolences and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remembered Nowakowski as someone who was loyal to her political beliefs but still deeply loved the House, an institution with many political foibles. Nowakowski was from Michigan and Boehner said she was devoted to sports teams and her Catholic faith, which she inherited from that state. Former GOP Speaker Newt Gingrich remembered her as a "warrior" and Republican activist. Current Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled Nowakowski as a dedicated government worker:

"The entire Capitol Hill community is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Paula Nowakowski. As Chief of Staff to Republican Leader John Boehner, Paula earned the respect not only of her Leadership and Conference, but all House Members on both sides of the aisle. She served Leader Boehner both in his current position as well as previously at the Committee on Education and the Workforce with great distinction.
"Paula was a thorough professional who loved the House and worked in a constructive and bipartisan fashion to implement policies to help the Congress function efficiently. On behalf of the entire House, I express our deep sadness to Paula's family, friends and our colleague, Leader John Boehner."

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