February 25,2011

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Baucus Announces New Finance Committee Tax Staff Members

Washington, DCSenate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today announced that Dave Hughes and Jeff VanderWolk will join the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee.  Hughes will serve as a Tax Advisor to the Committee and VanderWolk will serve as a Tax Counsel.

“I am delighted to have Dave Hughes and Jeff VanderWolk join the Finance Committee staff,” Baucus said. “Dave’s extensive experience with tax and finance issues will make him a valuable asset as we work to create jobs and improve the tax code.  Jeff’s expertise with international tax policy will be crucial in our efforts to create jobs and make the U.S. more competitive in the global economy.  Dave and Jeff are welcome additions to our team and will both play a big role as we work to create jobs, reenergize the economy and reform the tax code to instill fairness, simplicity and certainty in the system.”

Hughes has extensive tax and finance experience in the private and public sectors and has held senior tax management positions, including as Vice President of Tax at two Fortune 500 companies.  He also previously worked on the Finance Committee and with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).   He graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Northridge and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Vanderwolk served as a Professor of Tax Law and an LLM Program Director of International Economic Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Prior to his work at the UniversityVanderWolk worked as a Partner at two top accounting and law firms and as Special Counsel to the IRS Office of Chief Counsel.  He earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.