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Wednesday, January 20, 2010


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Governor Appoints Sacramento Attorney to State Finance Post


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday said he has named Sacramento attorney Cynthia Bryant as chief deputy director for the Department of Finance.

Bryant, 51, has served as deputy chief of staff and director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research since 2006, and served for three years before that as Schwarzenegger’s chief deputy legislative secretary.

“As my deputy chief of staff and director of the California Recovery Task Force, Cynthia has been instrumental in getting billions of dollars to Californians during the worst recession since the Great Depression,” Schwarzenegger said. “I know she will bring that same level of commitment to her new position as chief deputy director of finance, playing an absolutely crucial role in making the tough decisions necessary to navigate our state through a $20 billion deficit.”

A Republican, Bryant was the director for the Senate Republican Office of Policy from 2000 to 2003 and lead policy advisor to the Senate Republican Caucus from 1999 to 2000. She served as legal counsel to the Assembly Republican Caucus from 1997 to 1999 and deputy chief administrative officer and legal counsel to the Assembly Rules Committee from 1996 to 1997.

Prior to that, Bryant worked for the public affairs firm Russo, Marsh and Rapper as vice president from 1993 to 1996 and account executive from 1986 to 1993.

She was admitted to the State Bar in 1995 after graduating from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Bryant will continue serving the California Recovery Task Force in an advisory role through the current reporting period ending Jan. 29.

Her new position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,900.


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