UPDATED: 10:19 a.m.
Bob Cochran, Buck McKeon’s longtime chief of staff, is stepping down at the end of the year, according to a news release.
“When I was elected to Congress in 1992, one of my first important actions as a newly elected Member was to appoint Bob as my chief of staff,” said McKeon. “Bob has served in this position with distinction and been a loyal soldier on behalf of myself and the constituents of the 25th District. His success with my office will follow him into the private sector and I wish him all the best with his new endeavor.”
Cochran will be taking a position with Porter Gordon Silver Communications, working with former Congressman Jon Porter of Nevada beginning in January.
“After a wonderful and rewarding career in Congress, I feel it is the right time to retire,” said Bob Cochran. “Working with Congressman McKeon has been an absolute honor and privilege and I am proud to be a part of the McKeon team.”
Cochran is originally from California, and moved to Washington, D.C. to work for McKeon about 20 years ago, McCurley said.
McCurley said McKeon’s office will begin the search for a replacement shortly, taking meetings and accepting resumes, as his 11th term gets under way.
McKeon represents the 25th Congressional District, which includes Santa Clarita, and he is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
ORIGINAL STORY 9:48 a.m.
Congressman Buck McKeon's Chief of Staff Bob Cochran has announced his retirement in order to enter the private sector. McKeon to issue a statement to KHTS shortly. Check back here for more details.