Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
Albion Majors: Political Science
Bill Sweeney is Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan). In his more than 15 years with Stabenow, he has served in a number of positions in her organization, including fundraiser, Speechwriter, Senior Communications Adviser, and Deputy Chief of Staff. He was named Chief of Staff in December 2014.
Sweeney is a native of Wayne, Michigan. After graduation from Albion College in 1998, he worked as a fundraiser for the gubernatorial campaign of Doug Ross in Michigan, and then worked on the campaign that elected now-Senator Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin. He started working for Stabenow in 1999.
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