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Neal Kirby has been hired as press secretary for Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash. Kirby was online communications manager for the House Natural Resources Committee. He also worked on the committee as an intern. He was a research clerk at BGR Group. He also served as a campaign administrator for a Louisiana state senator’s race.
Amanda Carpenter has been hired as senior communications adviser and speechwriter for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Carpenter was speechwriter and senior communications adviser to Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. She also has worked as a columnist, reporter and blogger for The Washington Times. She served as a national political reporter for Townhall.com and Townhall magazine. She was an election blogger at Glamour magazine.
Jamie Fly has been hired as counselor for foreign and national security affairs for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Fly is the executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, a conservative-leaning foreign policy think tank. He has served as director for counterproliferation strategy at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. He also served at the Defense Department as an assistant for transnational threats policy under Bush.
Holly Woodruff Lyons has been appointed staff director for the House Transportation and Infratructure’s aviation subcommittee. She was a member of the subcommittee staff.
Brian E. Treat has been promoted to chief of staff to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. Treat was a legislative assistant and a senior policy adviser to Coburn and also worked as an aide to Coburn when he served in the House.
Alex Herrgott has been hired as legislative director for Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. Herrgott was a senior professional staff member for the Republican staff on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Emily Bittner has been hired as national press secretary and senior communications adviser at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Bittner was communications director to Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va. She also has worked as communications director for the Democratic Governors Association. She was communications director for the Arizona Democratic Party. She was an associate at Policy Development Group. She worked as an associate at Critical Public Relations. She also worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic.
Whitney Phillips has been hired as communications director for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. She was communications director to former Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn. She also served as a press assistant, legislative correspondent and tour/internship coordinator for Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., and press secretary former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D.
Shannon McGahn has been promoted to staff director of the Republican staff of the House Financial Services Committee. She was deputy staff director for strategy and public affairs. She also was communications director for the House Republican Conference. McGahn also has worked as deputy staff director of communications. She served as a spokeswoman to former Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas.
Jane Campbell has been named staff director for the majority staff for the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. She was chief of staff to Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. She also has served as president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. She worked as a county commissioner in Ohio. She also served as mayor of Cleveland. She was a John F. Kennedy fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. She was managing director of public sector solutions at Colliers Ostendorf Morris.
Alberto Martinez has been hired as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Martinez was a senior adviser to Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC and to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. He has worked as the Republican communications director in the Florida House of Representatives. He also has worked as the Florida communications director for President George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Charles Kelly has been hired as chief of staff to Rep.-elect Dan Maffei, D-N.Y. Kelly was regional political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He was a senior political aide to former Virginia Gov. and current Sen.-elect Tim Kaine.
Kyle Glenn has been hired as a legislative analyst to Rep. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla. Glenn was legislative assistant to Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla. He also has served as Nugent’s campaign manager in 2010. He also worked as a legislative correspondent to former Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla.
Amie Woeber has been hired as legislative director to Rep. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla. She was legislative director for Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. Woeber also has worked as executive director of the Arab women’s leadership institute at the International Republican Institute. She was legislative director to former Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla. She also worked as deputy campaign finance director for the Republican Party of Florida. She was a legislative analyst at Dutko Poole McKinley.
Anthony Foti has been hired as chief of staff for Rep. Dennis A. Ross, R-Fla. Foti was deputy chief of staff. He has worked as a senior adviser at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He served as district director for former Rep. Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., worked as a transportation advisory committee coordinator for the Bush-Cheney presidential transition, and was director of external affairs for the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Torrie Miller has been hired as communications director for the Republican staff of the House Rules Committee. Miller was communications director to Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. She also worked as an intern for Sessions. She also was an intern in the office of public liaison at the White House under President George W. Bush.
Robert Cousins has been hired as policy director for the House Rules Committee majority staff. Cousins currently serves as legislative director and rules associate to Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas.
Towner French has been hired as deputy Republican staff director for the House Rules Committee. French was chief of staff to Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, the incoming committee chairman. He also has served as a rules associate and Republican staff director for the Legislative and Budget Process Subcommittee for former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. He was also a rules associate to Sessions.
Charles Yi has been promoted to staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Yi was chief counsel and deputy staff director. He has worked as deputy assistant secretary for banking and finance at the Treasury Department. He also served as counsel on the House Financial Services Committee.
Hunter Ridgway has been hired as chief of staff to Rep.-elect Matt Cartwright, D-Pa. Ridgway was chief of staff to Rep. John W. Olver, D-Mass. He has served as legislative director. He also worked as legislative director to former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.