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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, announced the retirement of Veterans’ Affairs Committee Staff Director Bill Brew.

“Bill has been a critical part of advancing so much important legislation, creating new programs and services, providing oversight, and most importantly, being an extraordinarily knowledgeable advocate for what is best for our veterans,” Murray said. “He served his country in Vietnam and for so long afterward by ensuring his fellow veterans got the attention they deserved from the federal government. We will all miss him, but we wish him the very best as he embarks on a much, much deserved retirement.” 

Kim Lipsky, currently the Committee’s Deputy Staff Director will take over as Staff Director. Ms. Lipsky has worked for the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for more than 13 years. Among her many accomplishments, Ms Lipsky was instrumental during the last Congress in the successful efforts to pass legislation to provide advanced funding for the VA health care system, and in helping to provide new benefits to caregivers of wounded warriors.

 “I’m very excited to have Kim leading a great staff that is committed to aggressively addressing the big problems our veterans face,” Murray said. “Her experience and knowledge will be crucial as we work to hold the VA accountable, prepare for an influx of new veterans, and safeguard the care and services our current veterans have earned.”