Terry’s Cornhusker Crew

Posted June 8, 2004 at 2:45pm

Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) recently picked up a new special programs assistant and staff assistant and promoted one other native Nebraskan in his Longworth office.

Jennifer Rae Hein, 24, will be responsible for Web site development and assisting Terry’s communications director as the Congressman’s new special programs assistant. The founder of Anomaly Advertising, Hein has also worked as a writer for Lawrence.com and as an advertising project assistant for Urb Magazine. The University of Kansas graduate holds two bachelor’s in advertising and strategic communications. She hails from Omaha, Neb.

After a four-month stint as a Terry intern Lindsey Witt, 22, has been hired as a staff assistant for the Congressman. She will handle tour requests, flag requests and front-desk duties. The Creighton University graduate holds a bachelor’s in political science and calls Bancroft, Neb., her hometown.

Moving up from staff assistant to legislative correspondent is Kristin Durbin, 22. Durbin, who began in Terry’s office in June 2003, graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s in journalism. She is a native of Omaha.

Big Changes in Golden State Office. Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) has announced four new hires and two promotions in her Capitol Hill office.

Taking on the role of systems administrator is Jamie McInerney, 22. The former intern for Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) will manage constituent responses for the Congresswoman. The Middlebury College graduate hails from Cleveland.

Andrea Burgess, also a former Tauscher intern, has been hired as a staff assistant. Burgess will be responsible for tour requests, constituent relations and front-desk duties. The Lewis and Clark College graduate is a native of Moraga, Calif.

Coming aboard as Tauscher’s new communications director is Hayley Rumback. Rumback comes to the Congresswoman’s office after serving as press officer at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Wichita, Kan., native has previous Hill experience working as deputy communications director for Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.). Rumback, 24, holds degrees from the University of Kansas and George Washington University.

Also new to the office is Megan New, 24. The former scheduler and executive assistant for Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) will perform the same duties for Tauscher. The Santa Clara University graduate holds a degree in political science and calls San Jose, Calif., her home.

Selin Korustan, 22, has been promoted from staff assistant to legislative correspondent covering immigration and women’s issues. The Scripps College graduate holds a bachelor’s in international relations and Latin American studies. Korustan hails from Alamo, Calif.

Rounding out Tauscher’s changes is John Brodkte, who has been moved up from system administrator to legislative aide in charge of animals and wildlife, public lands and arts issues. Brodkte is a former English teacher and track coach for the Contra Costa Unified School District and also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon for a year. He holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin and calls rural northeastern Wisconsin his home.

McKenna Gets the Nod. Matt McKenna, who had served as an intern in the office of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) for four months while he finished college, was recently hired to serve as a special assistant to the Empire State Congressman.

McKenna, who graduated from George Washington University last month, will help out the Congressman’s legislative staffers, greet visitors to the office, answer phones and conduct tours. The 23-year-old is a Manaroneck, N.Y., native.