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Meet Nancy Pelosi's New Floor Director, Keith Stern

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Keith Stern sat at a table in the Rayburn room outside Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office eager to start as director of floor legislative operations for the California Democrat.  

It was Oct. 9, his last day as chief of staff for Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, the second highest-ranking Democrat on the Rules Committee. He is replacing 28-year veteran Jerry Hartz, who left Pelosi's office in September for the nonprofit National Democratic Institute. It was fitting that as Stern sat with CQ Roll Call to discuss his career on Capitol Hill, in which strategizing has played a significant role, a bipartisan majority of House members were executing a rarely successful procedure, a discharge petition, to force a future vote on the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank — illustrating that with the right strategy, the patience to implement it and a strong knowledge of the rules, the minority can be effective.  

Lovenheim Joins Xavier Becerra as Communications Director

Becerra. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House Democratic Caucus has a new communications director.  

Sarah Lovenheim will start working for Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., on July 22, she told colleagues in a farewell email Friday. She's leaving her current gig as head of communications for Young Invincibles, a self-described "millennial think tank and advocacy group," to return to Capitol Hill, where she worked between 2011 and 2013 as the deputy director of new media for then-Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.  

Paul Ryan Woos Ex-Boehner Aide Back to Capitol Hill

Ryan and Brendan Buck worked together on the Wisconsin congressman's 2012 vice-presidential run. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call Fast File)

Rep. Paul D. Ryan must have made Brendan Buck a pretty strong case to leave his still-new K Street gig to come back to Capitol Hill.  

The Wisconsin Republican and incoming chairman of the Ways and Means Committee announced Monday that Buck, a former spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, will be coming on board as the panel's communications director.  

Army Veteran Shane Scherer Joins Roskam's Staff as Constituent Advocate | Hill Climber

Roskam has hired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Scherer is joining his district office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As President Barack Obama addressed the American Legion Wednesday and stressed the importance of regaining veterans’ trust after the Veterans Affairs health care crisis , retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shane Scherer was in the middle of his second week as a congressional staffer.  

Scherer recently began his new role as veterans constituent advocate for Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., the former chief deputy whip . Scherer will be based in Roskam's district office in Illinois.  

Veteran Staffer to Head Port of Pittsburgh Commission | Hill Climber

Martinko will become the executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's deputy staff director is leaving Congress to become executive director of the Port of Pittsburgh Commission.  

Stephen Martinko was the lead House negotiator for the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act , one of the few pieces of legislation enacted by Congress this year.