Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced the addition of two senior staff members.

Sharon B. Heaton joins the Committee as Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel. An accomplished regulatory lawyer in both the public and private sectors, Ms. Heaton brings more than 20 years of legal, public policy and business experience to her new position. She has served as general counsel and senior advisor at a broad range of companies and in private practice, and has extensive expertise as a regulatory counsel, including in the energy and alternative energy arenas. Previously, Ms. Heaton served more than five years as a senior Senate staff member, including as senior counsel to the Banking Committee. She earned her J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Barnard College at Columbia University. She clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court.

Joseph Goffman joins the Committee's staff as Senior Counsel for Global Warming and Air Issues. Mr. Goffman was most recently Legislative Director for Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT). He has more than two decades of experience in environmental issues in the public and non-profit sectors, with special expertise in climate and air pollution policy. He held senior policy positions at Environmental Defense Fund and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the acid rain program before joining Senator Lieberman's staff in 2005. He also served on the Environment and Public Works Committee staff during development of the landmark Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which established the first U.S. "cap and trade" program for air pollution. Mr. Goffman received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and graduated Magna cum laude from Yale College.

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