Presidential promotion: Obama names Rockwood native DeParle one of his deputy chiefs of staff

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By Cindy Simpson

Rockwood native Nancy-Ann Min DeParle’s political star continues to rise.

Handpicked by President Barack Obama in 2009 to help him with national health-care reform, DeParle was named last week as one of the president’s deputy chiefs of staff.

The increase in responsibilities and bigger place in the limelight comes as no surprise to her uncle, veteran Rockwood attorney J. Polk Cooley.

“She’s just a tremendously smart young lady,” he said Friday morning. “I’m very proud of her.”

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