Politics has no color.  If it did, all white men would be rich, and all minorities would be poor.

Meet Jonathan Burks, the chief of staff and man many political experts view as the person picked to help spearhead Speaker Ryan’s conservative agenda.  While not unusual that a man with Burks’ pedigree was selected for the task, it is a bit unusual that the position is currently being held by a black man.  Many of the current Trump and Republican policies may seem controversial, particularly to minorities, Burks looks to focus on the monetary portion of the debate.

Let’s make a few things clear before we go too in far into the article.  Burks expertise lies in the budget realm.  So for everyone thinking immediately about the “Muslim Ban” (that wasn’t a ban but then was but now is again…I guess), do not.  That was on Trump and his advisers.

Jonathan Burks is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and has over 2 decades of experience in public policy.  According to Speaker.gov “he has been the policy advisor for budget and appropriations issues to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the policy director for the House Budget Committee under then-Chairman Ryan, the deputy policy director for the Romney for President campaign, the director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission, the senior advisor (chief of staff) to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs, a special assistant to the President of the United States, a deputy assistant to the Vice President of the United States, and a policy analyst on the House Republican Policy Committee.”

His pedigree is unquestionable, but his position is a bit challenging.  Promoting policy from Paul Ryan to President Trump will be tough considering both parties do not see eye to eye on alot of the specifics around promised changes focusing on budget concerns.  Still Mr Burks is ready for the oncoming challenge and has years of expertise to fall back on.  Although, not very well known, The first black chief of staff to the Speaker of the House is in a great position to make history.


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