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December 7, 1993
Congressional Research Service Director Joseph E. Ross Retires from Library of Congress
Joseph E. Ross, director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) since 1986, retired today.
Mr. Ross, who has been on the staff of the Library since 1972, was responsible for directing the work of more than 800 staffers who are charged with answering the more than half- million congressional requests that come into CRS annually.
"Joe Ross was one of the Library's greatest assets. For the past eight years, he has ably led his staff in the successful fulfillment of the Library's chief mission: that of serving Congress," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "His leadership has helped make CRS vital to the operations of the legislative branch of the U.S. government."
Joseph Ross joined the staff of CRS in May 1972 as a senior specialist in American public law, and in January 1973 was appointed chief of the American Law Division. He was appointed chief of CRS by former Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin in 1986.
An attorney, Mr. Ross has worked at the U.S. Justice Department (1969-71), and while in the Navy for the Office of the Judge Advocate General (1951-1969). His last position in the military was as Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (Military Justice) in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1969. From 1948 to 1951, he was in private practice in New York City.
Mr. Ross graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in 1943 from St. John's University and received an LL.B. from the same institution in 1948.
"Leaving the Library and CRS after 20 years was not an easy decision to make, but I know that the capable staff of CRS will continue to do the fine work they have always done after my departure," said Mr. Ross.
The father of eight children, Mr. Ross is married to the former Joan M. Needham.
His successor will be appointed by the Librarian of Congress in consultation with the Joint Committee on the Library.
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