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Senior aide to Young retires



Doug Gregory, a top aide to Rep. C.W. Bill Young for 39 years, has retired to become a Washington lobbyist.

He has joined the Washington firm Van Scoyoc Associates and will represent defense contractors and other types of clients.

Gregory was Young's chief of staff for 24 years and then served as an aide on the House Appropriations Committee.

Gregory, 58, who worked long hours and weekends in the congressional job, said he is leaving for financial and personal reasons. He and wife Sheila have three daughters aged 20, 22 and 26, two of whom are still at home while attending college.

“At some point, you’ve got to start thinking about family,” he said. “Money has never been a factor in my life. Bill Young always made sure I had enough to survive.”

But, he said, “Money becomes a factor as you grow older.”

He said his departure does not indicate that Young is planning to retire soon. “If I thought he was going to retire in the next few years, I would have stayed,” Gregory said. He predicted that Young would stay in Congress “as long as he feels he can still make a difference.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:29pm]


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