Pelosi Statement on Retirement of Barry Rand from the AARP


San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the AARP announced that longtime CEO Barry Rand will step down as of September 1, 2014.  He will be replaced by the AARP’s current Executive Vice President and COO Jo Ann Jenkins:

“Barry Rand’s tenure at the AARP has been marked and defined by visionary leadership, effective advocacy, and battles won on behalf of the health and economic security of America’s seniors.

“From day one, Barry has been an extraordinary resource.  He has always kept House Democrats informed about the interests, views, and concerns of AARP’s membership.  He has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us in nearly every defining debate – from the successful drive to enact the Affordable Care Act and close the ‘donut hole’ to the ongoing effort to protect and strengthen Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, especially in the face of Republican attempts to weaken them.

“Barry will be missed among seniors, retirees, and Democrats in Congress.  We wish him well in all of his future endeavors, and we know we will continue to benefit from his wisdom in the years to come.  We congratulate Jo Ann Jenkins on her new role and look forward to working together to stand up for our nation’s seniors.”

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