Bonjean Joins Speaker’s Press Shop

Posted February 18, 2005 at 5:40pm

Ron Bonjean, a longtime Congressional aide who has been with the Commerce Department since 2003, is returning to Capitol Hill as the top spokesman for Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

Bonjean will take over as communications director in the Speaker’s office at the end of February. He replaces Pete Jeffries, who is moving to Hill & Knowlton as a senior vice president next month, and John Feehery, Hastert’s press secretary, who departed for the Motion Picture Association of America two weeks ago.

Bonjean, 34, is the first person to serve as the lead spokesman in both the House and Senate. He was the press secretary for then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and communications director for then-House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (Okla.).

He also worked for Reps. Kay Granger (R-Texas) and Mike Castle (R-Del.), as well as former Reps. Jay Kim (R-Calif.) and Jim Longley (R-Maine).

“I want to welcome Ron back to the people’s House,” Hastert said in a statement released by his office. “His experience in the House, Senate and Administration will be an asset to helping House Republicans move our message forward and enacting common-sense policies to benefit the American people.”

An Illinois native, Bonjean graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in political science. He later earned a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.