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UAW names Mary Beth Cahill director of its Washington office and national political director

05/03/11

DETROIT -- UAW President Bob King announced today the appointment of Mary Beth Cahill as director of the UAW Washington office and director of the UAW Community Action Program (CAP) with responsibility for the UAW's political program nationally. Cahill will also serve as a senior adviser to King. 

Cahill is one of the nation's top political strategists, serving as assistant to the president and director of the Office of Public Liaison in the Clinton White House, chief of staff for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and campaign director for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.  

Mary Beth Cahill led John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004.

The only woman to head up a presidential campaign that year, Cahill led Kerry through a fully engaged, bitter campaign against President George W. Bush in the 2004 election. 

During her five years at EMILY's List, she helped turn the pro-choice PAC into an unrivaled political powerhouse -- the largest in the country at the time. 

"We are thrilled to have Mary Beth join the UAW leadership team especially in light of the difficult challenges ahead for our union," King said.  "As we navigate the tough political environment in this era of attacks on American working families and the middle class, and head into national contract talks for the domestic automakers, I'm confident that she will help us elect officeholders who are allies in the battle to save the American middle class. And most importantly, she will help us move forward in achieving global social justice, rebuilding the U.S. middle class and building a global middle class.  

"She is a renowned authority on women and politics and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the union's political operations," King added. 

A Massachusetts native and daughter of a UAW autoworker, Cahill earned a degree in English and political science from Emmanuel College in Boston. In 2005, she held a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She and her husband, Steve Champlin, live in Washington.