Isakson Names Adam Reece as Senate VA Committee Staff Director, Leslie Campbell as Deputy Staff Director
ATLANTA – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, has named Adam Reece as the majority staff director for the committee. Reece has served on the committee since Isakson became chair in 2015 and most recently served as the committee’s deputy staff director. Isakson also promoted Leslie Campbell to serve as deputy staff director for the majority.
“Adam is a great Georgian, a natural leader and as sharp as they come,” said Isakson. “He has been with the committee from day one, helping us accomplish many great legislative feats and ensuring strong communication between our committee and its members, Senate leadership, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the White House and Veterans Service Organizations. I am thrilled to have Adam overseeing our committee’s agenda as we continue working every day to help veterans access timely and quality care at the VA.”
“Leslie has been a tremendous asset to our committee, including her work on the successful overhaul of VA’s community care programs in the landmark VA MISSION Act that was signed last Congress,” Isakson said. “We are fortunate to have Leslie assume this important role, and our committee is in great hands with Adam and Leslie at the helm.”
Reece, a Jasper, Ga., native, joined the committee in 2015 as a senior policy advisor and was named deputy staff director of the committee in 2017. Reece worked with Isakson to craft sweeping accountability and whistleblower protection legislation that was ultimately signed into law in 2017. As deputy staff director, Reece acted as a liaison between the committee, the administration and various stakeholders in the veterans’ community during the enactment of several major pieces of legislation authored by Isakson. As staff director, he will continue this important role in addition to leading the committee’s legislative and oversight agenda.
Reece previously served as senior advisor and senior professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship minority office from 2009 to 2015. Reece, a graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, worked in various government relations positions in Georgia prior to moving to D.C. He received a master’s in public administration from Georgia State University. Reece and his wife Eleanor reside in Arlington, Va., with their three children, Isaiah (5), Jack (2) and Gigi (8 months).
Campbell, a veteran herself who hails from Topeka, Kan., joined the committee in 2015 and has served most recently as a senior policy advisor, where she led the legislative overhaul of the VA’s community care programs in the landmark VA MISSION Act, which was enacted in 2018. In her new role as deputy staff director, Campbell will work alongside Reece to oversee the committee’s legislative and oversight agenda and coordinate closely with the administration and veterans’ community stakeholders as the VA implements the significant legislative reforms that were enacted last Congress.
Campbell has worked on Capitol Hill in various roles in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. She received a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2010. Campbell served in the 190th Air Refueling Wing in Topeka, Kan., from 2007 to 2014. Campbell resides with her husband, Braun, and two children, Lily (5) and Cade (2), in Springfield, Va.
Reece succeeds Robert Henke, who served as Isakson’s majority staff director from August 2017 through February 2019 and who previously had worked on the Senate Appropriations Committee for two years.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 116th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the armed services as well as nearly 700,000 veterans.