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Hill Climbers: Ties That Bind in Freshman Keating’s Office

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From left: Lauren Amendolara, Mira Resnick, Fallon Shields, Kerry O’Brien, Garrett Donovan and Adair Gregory, from the office of Rep. Bill Keating.

Adair Gregory, 25, who also hails from the Bay State, worked on the Congressman’s campaign, which is what inspired him to seek a full-time gig with the lawmaker. Other than sharing a passion for Massachusetts sports teams, Gregory said he also admires Keating’s deep involvement in office decisions.

But his job with the lawmaker isn’t Gregory’s first stint working on the Hill. After he graduated from the University of Denver, he interned for the Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee.

Legislative Assistant Kerry O’Brien also has experience on the Hill, and even working for the same district she does now; she was legislative assistant for Keating’s predecessor, former Rep. Bill Delahunt (D).

O’Brien grew up in Connecticut and attended the University of Maryland. She earned degrees in Spanish and political science, with a concentration in international affairs. Although O’Brien secured a job after graduation, her boss did not seek re-election in 2010.

Luckily, however, O’Brien was hired by Keating and got to keep many of her same job duties. She is now responsible for environment, ethics, fisheries, Indian affairs, and oversight and government reform issues.

Garrett Donovan, a Hill veteran, was hired as Keating’s chief of staff. The Massachusetts native has been working in D.C. for almost 11 years, most recently as chief of staff for then-Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.).

After his former boss was defeated in the November elections, the 29-year-old found a new home in Keating’s office. However, he said after many years living in the city, he no longer calls D.C. his place of residence.

“I traded my Metro card for a car and moved to Annapolis last year,” he said. “Haven’t regretted it for a minute since.”

Legislative Director Mira Resnick also worked for Klein before being hired by Keating.

The California native attended Columbia University, where she earned a degree in political science, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she earned a degree in Israel studies. After college, she worked on several campaigns, including the 2004 presidential campaign for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

She went on to work as legislative director for Klein. Resnick brought over many of the same skills in her new role with Keating, which has helped in her transition. Keating’s personality has also been comforting in the new office.

“Congressman Keating has a great sense of humor that makes being in the minority a lot easier,” she said.

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