Washington, D.C. – Chairman Pete V. Domenici today expressed regret at the announced departure of Deputy Secretary of Energy Kyle McSlarrow and praised McSlarrow’s outstanding public service. Chairman Domenici’s statement: “I am sorry to see Kyle McSlarrow leave the Department of Energy but wish him well in what I am certain will be a stellar future. Kyle has been outstanding to work with in his capacity as both DOE Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary. His excellent relationships with Senators and House Members served President Bush and Secretary Abraham well. His people skills, grasp of complex energy issues and organizational talents have made a lasting contribution at DOE. He served with complete dedication to the President and Secretary Abraham. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.” McSlarrow began serving as Deputy Secretary of Energy on November 27, 2002. He previously served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Energy. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Department of Energy, McSlarrow oversaw an agency with over 100,000 federal and contractor employees, 17 national labs, and a budget of $23 billion. He serves on the President's Management Council and as the American co-chair of the US-Russia Energy Working Group established by Presidents Bush and Putin. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, McSlarrow served as Vice President of Political and Government Affairs for Grassroots.com, a privately-held Internet company marketing web-based political tools and services. McSlarrow has held numerous positions in the political arena. He most recently served as the National Chairman for the Quayle 2000 Presidential Campaign from November 1998 to February 2000. In 1997, McSlarrow joined the office of the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell as Chief of Staff. McSlarrow also served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel for Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott between 1995 and 1997. McSlarrow was the Republican nominee in Virginia's 8th Congressional District in 1992 and 1994. Before moving to Capitol Hill in 1995, McSlarrow was an associate with the Washington, D.C law firm of Hunton & Williams. He is a Virginia native.