Allard’s Allies

Posted January 8, 2003 at 4:51pm

Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) has tapped two political veterans for key positions in his Congressional operation.

Former Press Secretary Sean Conway, from Greeley, Colo., has moved up a notch to chief of staff. He had been serving as interim chief of staff since July.

The long-time Allard staffer has also worked for former Sen. Bill Armstrong (R-Colo.).

Dick Wadhams, a seasoned political strategist, who served as Allard’s campaign manager in 2002, will assume the mantle of press secretary, a post he first held briefly in 1997.

Over the course of his career, the 47-year-old Wadhams has managed the campaigns of a variety of Centennial State politicians, including Gov. Bill Owens (R) and former Sen. Hank Brown (R).

He also served a stint as press secretary for Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.).

The Littleton, Colo., native holds a 1982 bachelor’s in political science from the University of Southern Colorado.

Back at the Grand Canyon Corral. Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.) has recently promoted six of his trusty staffers.

Former legislative director Matt Sagely becomes deputy chief of staff and will head up Boozman’s Washington office since Chief of Staff Steve Gray is based in the Congressman’s 3rd district. He replaces Donna Hutchinson who has returned to Arkansas.

The one-time aide to now-Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has also worked for Booz-Allen & Hamilton and the American Trucking Association.

Sagely, 31, holds a 1995 bachelor’s from Henderson State University and later earned a master’s of business administration from Marymount University.

He hails from Van Buren, Ark.

Vivian Curry, formerly legislative assistant to Boozman, moves up a notch to legislative director.

Curry first arrived on the Hill in October of 1997 as an intern in then-Rep. Asa Hutchinson’s (R-Ark.) office, while still a government and politics student at the University of Maryland in College Park.

By the time Hutchinson resigned to head the Drug Enforcement Agency, she had risen to the position of legislative assistant.

The 25-year-old Curry is a native of Annapolis, Md.

Scheduler Elizabeth Yeager, also 25, adds office manager to her current title. Before joining Boozman, she spent two years working as a legislative correspondent and staff assistant for then-Rep. Steve Largent (R-Okla.).

A member of Spring Arbor University’s class of 1999, Yeager holds a bachelor’s in social science. She is from Beaverton, Mich.

After spending a year as legislative correspondent, Cline McKnight gets the nod to take over as legislative assistant responsible for taxes, banking, financial services, energy, and the education and water resources subcommittee.

McKnight, who previously worked at Merrill Lynch International Bank in London, is originally from Rogers, Ark.

The 24-year-old received a bachelor’s in economics from Wheaton College in 2000.

New Director of Constituent Correspondence John Mark Huckabee of Little Rock, Ark., will manage the Congressman’s mail system, as well as deal with housing, welfare, science and religious issues. Huckabee formerly was legislative correspondent.

The Ouachita Baptist University grad, 26, holds a bachelor’s in political science.

Last but not least, staff assistant Charlotte Shasteen becomes legislative correspondent.

Her previous Congressional experience includes a stint as district staff assistant for Hutchinson.

The 24-year-old Shasteen earned a bachelor’s in political science, with a minor in history, from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. She hails from Jay, Okla.