The Department of Defense announced that Eric Ruff assumed the duties of press secretary today in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. Under the direction of the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, Ruff will serve as a principal spokesman and assist in explaining the policies, programs and goals of the administration and the Department of Defense to the media and the public. Ruff was previously a special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense and was serving the department in the public affairs office.
Prior to working in the Defense Department, Ruff served as director of communications at the Interior Department. He was the communications director for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; and before that, he was the press secretary for Sen. John Warner of Virginia. Ruff has also served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush where he worked in public affairs positions at the Departments of Agriculture and Commerce.