Fallon named Obama legislative affairs director


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a new chief point of contact as he looks to improve relations with Capitol Hill.

Obama announced Friday that deputy communications director Katie Fallon will take over as legislative affairs director in January. She will replace Miguel Rodriguez, who the White House says is leaving to work in the private sector.

The change comes as the White House is working to improve its relationship with lawmakers after bitter fights over health care and the budget.

Fallon worked in a variety of positions for Senate Democrats before coming to the White House earlier this year.

Obama said in a statement that Fallon has the expertise and relations to build on progress he's made and advance his priority of job creation.

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