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Rebecca Shabad is an editorial assistant and general policy reporter for CQ Roll Call. She has written about electoral policy, veteran's affairs and defense issues. Before starting at CQ, she produced text and video stories as a multimedia journalist for a Patch.com site in New York. She has also interned for the former Newsweek.com, in Newsweek magazine's letters to the editor department, and at New York City cable TV station NY1 News.
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The following three people have been hired in the office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y.:
Stephanie Ueng has been hired as legislative director to Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. Ueng was outreach adviser in the leadership office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. She also has worked as a legislative fellow for Rep. Andre Carson, D-Ind. She also was a legal fellow at Jeffrey J. Chang & Associates. She was a member of the board of directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership.
Mae Stevens has been hired as a senior legislative assistant for Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa. Stevens was a legislative assistant for former Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo. She also has worked as a clean energy policy adviser at Third Way, a consultant for the Environmental Defense Fund, a policy analyst for Greenpeace, and a policy and program coordinator at Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Sarah Bolton has been hired as a senior policy and budget adviser for the Democratic staff of the Senate Budget Committee. She was a legislative assistant for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Bolton also has worked as a legislative aide for Murray. She also has previously served as a staff assistant for the Senate Budget Committee.
Throughout the weekend, Monday and early Tuesday morning, the sidewalk and lawn in front of the U.S. Supreme Court was dominated by those in favor of same-sex marriage. Rainbow flags, equality signs and the color red was splashed about.
More than 1,000 demonstrators descended upon the Supreme Court Tuesday morning, voicing their opinions on gay marriage as the nine justices heard oral arguments on the first of two landmark same-sex marriage cases.
Jake Cornett has been hired as a legislative assistant for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. Cornett was a staff member for the Democratic staff for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety. He also has served as a legislative fellow for Murray. He was a policy fellow at the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and also has worked as a member of the faculty at SAM Schools.
Lawrence T. Liu has been promoted to staff director on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Liu was deputy staff director for Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. He has also worked as a senior counsel for the Commission. He has also worked as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell. He also served as a Fulbright fellow in Taiwan. He was a reporter for Taiwan News.
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., has announced the following hires:
Kelsey Knight has been hired as communications director for Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich. She was communications director for Mitt Romney’s campaign in Michigan. She also has worked as special assistant for media affairs at The Chertoff Group and as a press assistant for Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas. Knight was executive assistant to the domestic policy adviser at the White House under President George W. Bush, a press intern for former first lady Laura Bush and a media affairs intern at the Defense Department during the Bush administration.
Gregg Nunziata has been hired as general counsel for Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Nunziata was a senior director at the Advisory Board Company, a health care consulting firm. He has served as a judiciary and homeland security policy counsel for the Senate Republican Policy Committee and as chief Republican nominations counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also has worked as a special assistant for the Justice Department under President George W. Bush.
Jason Van Beek has been hired as counsel on the Republican staff of the Senate Commerce Committee. He was military legislative counsel for Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. Van Beek also has served as a justice legislative assistant.
The following three people have been appointed to the Democratic staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee:
David Greengrass was promoted to legislative director for Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. Greengrass was a senior legislative assistant for Cohen. He has worked as an associate at Clifford Chance US. He also has worked as a legislative assistant for Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
David Schwietert has been hired as the Republican staff director for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Schwietert was the legislative director for Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. He has worked as director of environment, federal markets and procurement for the Associated General Contractors of America, a construction industry trade group. He also has worked as the AGC’s legislative director.
Nick Rossi has been hired as a deputy staff director for the Republican staff of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Rossi was a Republican staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He has worked as a Republican chief counsel and chief investigator for the Senate Commerce Committee and as a Republican chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also has worked for the FBI as an attorney and special agent.
Darla Ripchensky has been hired as administrative director on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. She also worked as chief clerk on the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. Ripchensky served as a manager and senior project manager at Northrop Grumman Information Systems. She was a program manager of the eGIS sector managed services division at Nortel Government Solutions Inc. She was administrative director in the leadership office of current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D. She worked as chief clerk and security manager for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. She served as office manager and chief clerk for the leadership office of Daschle.
Ryan Pettit has been hired as a member of the Democratic staff on the Senate Budget Committee. Pettit was a senior legislative assistant for the Democratic staff on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He also has worked as civil affairs team chief in the Marine Corps in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was an intern at the Hudson Institute.
Steve Robertson has been hired as director of the Democratic staff on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He was a senior legislative assistant for Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt. Robertson also has worked as director, deputy director and assistant director of the national legislative commission at the American Legion. He served as a staff sergeant for the Army National Guard. He retired from the Army with the rank of captain.
Zakir Ali Baig has been hired as director of the Republican staff on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He was legislative director for Sen. David Vitter, R-La. He also has served as a legislative correspondent and legislative assistant to Vitter.
Ryan Hart has been hired as a legislative assistant for Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C. He was a legislative assistant to Rep. George Holding, R-N.C. He also has worked as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C. He was a legislative aide for the Republican staff on the Senate Finance Committee. He also served as a legislative correspondent to Burr.
Hayden Rogers has been hired as chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va. He ran for the House in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district. He also worked as chief of staff and top adviser to Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C.
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.
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.
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.”