INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 28, 2006
John Walsh, 208-526-8646
Whitlock named as Government Affairs Rep for Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory today named Brian Whitlock as its Government Affairs Representative in Boise. Whitlock, who served as chief of staff to former Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, will work with state and local government officials.
"We are pleased to have Brian join our team and to have the benefit of his many years of experience at the federal, state and local levels of government," said John Lindsay, director of Communications and Public Affairs for INL. "With his extensive communications and government background, Brian will play a key role in the implementation of our strategic initiatives for Idaho and the Intermountain West."
"When I think of the opportunities and challenges we face as a state and as a nation — particularly in the areas of energy and homeland security — Idaho National Laboratory will be at the center of many of those debates and solutions," Whitlock said. "I look forward to complementing the good work of the INL scientists and researchers and promoting their efforts throughout Idaho and the West."
Whitlock served for three and a half years as chief of staff to Kempthorne. In that role, he managed the Office of the Governor and was responsible for developing and communicating the governor's priorities to legislators, state agencies and the public. Prior to becoming the chief of staff, Whitlock served as the administrator of the Division of Financial Management for the state of Idaho – directing the state's $2 billion budget. He was responsible for ensuring that state government provided efficient and effective services to the people of Idaho.
Whitlock spent 15 years as one of the top advisers to Kempthorne, who became the 49th secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior earlier this year. In 1991, then Boise Mayor Kempthorne called on Whitlock to establish a Public Information Office for the city of Boise. Two years later, when Kempthorne was elected to the United States Senate, Whitlock became Sen. Kempthorne's director of communications and field operations – overseeing all media contacts and assisting in the operation of the senator's eight state offices.
In 1990, Whitlock worked on Capitol Hill as deputy press secretary for former U.S. Sen. Jim McClure. Prior to that, he worked as a news reporter and anchor for KIVI Television in Boise and KEPR Television in Tri-Cities, Washington.
He is a 1985 graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Communications. Brian and his wife, Kelly, have three children: Alex, 17, James, 14, and Megan, 11.
Idaho National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's multiprogram national laboratories and is managed by Battelle Energy Alliance. With more than 3,500 scientists, engineers and support personnel, INL has been designated as the nation's lead laboratory for advanced civilian nuclear technology research and development, and INL performs work in each of the Department of Energy's four strategic goal areas — energy, security, environment and science.