Viewpoint Staff | Thursday, January 19, 2012
Gary J. Caruso graduated from Notre Dame in 1973 with a bachelors degree in American Studies and then earned a masters degree in Presidential Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh. After receiving his masters, he volunteered to work in a Pennsylvania congressional campaign and subsequently worked for the newly-elected congressman in Washington, D.C. For nearly 17 years he served as a press secretary, senior communications and legislative director in both personal member and committee offices at the U.S. House of Representatives, working on a total of seven congressional races in Texas, Pennsylvania and Michigan. As a Clinton Administration presidential appointee, Caruso directed the congressional and public affairs efforts at the General Services Administration National Capital Region and served Vice President Al Gore at the White House on the Southwest Border Initiative and White House Community Empowerment Board. He currently serves in a career position within the Department of Homeland Security. Caruso is a longtime softball enthusiast, pitching his junior year for the Notre Dame Inter-mural Lyons Hall campus runners-up team and founding the championship tournament for the Congressional Softball League. He assists the bipartisan team of women senators and representatives in preparing for their Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game benefiting breast cancer survivors each summer. He also assists the Democratic congressmen prepare for their Annual Roll Call Baseball Game against Republican congressmen played each summer at the Washington Nationals Park benefiting the Literacy Foundation and local Boys and Girls Clubs.