Mixing It Up in the Nutmeg State

Posted March 26, 2004 at 2:02pm

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) recently announced three personnel changes, including the addition of a new chief of staff.

Herb Giobbi will take on the Congresswoman’s top office position. Giobbi, 56, who served on the staff of former Rep. Paul McHale (D-Pa.), most recently served as the executive director of the U.S. Soccer Federation Foundation. Before he came to Capitol Hill, Giobbi was a partner at his own law firm, Ziev, Giobbi & McFadden. He was also formerly the chief solicitor and Democratic chairman for the city of Easton, Pa. An Easton native, Giobbi holds a law degree from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College.

Ashley Westbrook, a DeLauro staffer since 2000, has been moved up to senior policy adviser responsible for exploring new public policy initiatives for the Congresswoman. The former DeLauro leadership aide will also continue her work as a liaison to the House Steering Committee and Democratic leadership team. Hailing from Raleigh, N.C., Westbrook holds a bachelor’s in political science from North Carolina State University.

The office’s other new face is legislative assistant Jamie Wise, 27, who will focus on DeLauro’s Defense and Transportation appropriations work as well as energy, environmental and foreign policy issues. Wise, who previously worked in Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) office, is working on his master’s in public policy at Georgetown University. The Arlington, Va., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. [IMGCAP(1)]

DeWine Picks DeStaff. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced six

staffing changes in his D.C. and Ohio offices last week.

Josh Benoit, 25, was promoted from press assistant to deputy press secretary. A DeWine staffer since July 2003, Benoit graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s in marketing and calls Toledo, Ohio, his hometown.

Coming aboard as DeWine’s new press assistant is Breann González, 24. A Bexley, Ohio, native, González previously worked as a producer at a network affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind. She graduated from Butler University in 2002 with degrees in telecommunication arts and Spanish.

Diane Miller is a former DeWine intern who moved up to district representative serving in the Senator’s Toledo office. Miller has served as a staff assistant in both the Washington and Toledo offices since 2002. She majored in history and political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.

Joining DeWine’s staff as a legislative correspondent is Sekemia Mwonyonyi, 27. Mwonyonyi will work on health care, education and childhood issues for the Senator. The former staffer for Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) majored in economics at Case Western Reserve University and earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He hails from Akron, Ohio.

Scott Noyes recently earned a promotion to regional director in DeWine’s Cincinnati office. The former Navy man joined DeWine’s staff in 2000 and most recently served as a district representative in Toledo. Noyes holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Toledo.

Rounding out DeWine’s staff changes is Becky Wagner, 28, who returns to the Senator’s staff as appropriations director. The Miami University graduate began working on DeWine’s staff in 2000 and served in various roles from staff assistant to assistant appropriations director. She most recently worked in development at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.