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People on the Move: Feb. 27, 2013

Mollie Binotto has been promoted to legislative correspondent for Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. She was executive assistant to the chief of staff and legislative director/legislative correspondent in Tester’s office. She also has served as a staff assistant to Tester. She also worked as Northern Nevada’s regional field director for the Nevada State Democratic Party/Friends for Harry Reid. She was a GPA special assistant at R&R Partners. She also worked as a field organizer for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. She was a research assistant at Winning Strategies Washington.

People on the Move: Feb. 26, 2013

Jeffrey Levensaler has been hired as deputy chief of staff to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. Levensaler was deputy chief of staff to Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey and Paul D. Wellstone of Minnesota.

People on the Move: Feb. 25, 2013

Nanda Chitre has been named acting director of the office of public affairs at the Justice Department. She was deputy director. Chitre also has worked as a deputy press secretary at the White House under President Bill Clinton. She was a writer and researcher for the television series “The West Wing.”

People on the Move: Feb. 21, 2013

Olympia J. Snowe has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior fellow. She is a Republican who served in the Senate for Maine. She also has served in the House.

People on the Move: Feb. 15, 2013

Garth van Meter has been hired as legislative director to Rep. John Fleming, R-La. He was legislative director to former Rep. Chip Cravaack, R-Minn. Van Meter was the deputy chief of staff for former Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C. He has also worked for Inglis as legislative director and as a legislative assistant and systems administrator.

People on the Move: Feb. 14, 2013

Matt Lira has been named a senior adviser in the leadership office of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. He was director of new media for the office, and as digital director for vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. for the Romney-Ryan campaign. He also held that same position for the office of the Republican whip during the 111th Congress, and for the chief deputy whip in the 110th. Lira also has worked as a creative media specialist at the House Republican Conference. He served as a field representative and worked in the eCampaign division at the Republican National Committee.

People on the Move: Feb. 13, 2013

Chris Vieson has been named director of floor operations for the leadership office of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. He was previously deputy floor director. He also has worked as floor assistant to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. Vieson also has worked as a policy analyst and committee liaison for the House Republican Conference.

People on the Move: Feb. 12, 2013

The following people have been hired for the staff of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas:

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The following people have been hired as staff members for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas:

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Katherine Brandt has been hired as special assistant to the chief of staff for Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif. She was a press intern. She also has worked as an intern for Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., and Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny H. Hoyer’s PAC office. She also served as communications coordinator for Democrats in Illinois’ 10th congressional district. She also was an online communications manager for Tammy Duckworth’s 2012 congressional race in Illinois. She was membership coordinator at the City Club of Chicago, a public affairs forum.

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Michael Merrell has been hired as chief counsel for the Republican staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Merrell was an elections counsel to the Republican staff of the Senate Rules Committee. He has also worked as counsel to former Sen. Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah.

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Peter Oppenheim has been hired as an education policy director and counsel for the Republican staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Oppenheim was legislative counsel to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. He has worked as a managing associate for Carmen Group, a lobbying firm. He also has worked as a research assistant for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

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The following people have been promoted on the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee:

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Skiffington Holderness has been named staff director for the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. He was a legislative assistant and legislative correspondent to Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. He also has worked as a deputy campaign manager for Risch.

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Stephanie L. Young has been hired as press secretary in the leadership office of Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md. Young was director of constituency press for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. She has worked as director of regional press in Florida for Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. She was communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus. She also worked as an editorial assistant at PBS Newshour. She was deputy press secretary and African American press adviser at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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Jonathan Kott has been appointed communications director for Sen. Joe Manchin III., D-W.Va. Kott was communications director for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s re-election campaign. He also was communications director for former Reps. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. He also worked for former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind. He worked at the centrist think tank Third Way.

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Donelle Harder has been promoted to communications director for Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. Harder was press secretary. She also has worked as an online communications adviser to Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas. She also served as an executive account manager at Pinkston Group. She was the head intern in the marketing and communications department at the American Red Cross of Greater New York. She also was reporter and contributor at Lariat newspaper.

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Bill Murat has been hired as chief of staff for Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. Murat was chief of staff for Baldwin when she was in the House. He has also worked for Baldwin as district director. He has served as a representative in the Wisconsin Legislature and as district attorney for Portage County in Wisconsin.

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Caroline Rabbitt has been hired as communications director for Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Rabbitt was deputy press secretary for the House Republican Conference.

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Monica Jirik has been promoted to chief of staff to Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb. Jirik was his deputy chief of staff and legislative director.

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