Longtime Staffer Retires
Daniel Moll, a veteran staffer on a number of different House committees, is leaving Capitol Hill to take a job in the private sector. Moll has served for almost two decades in government.
Most recently, Moll spent six years with the House Government Reform Committee as deputy staff director. In this capacity, he was responsible for the legislative agenda and oversight of the full committee and its subcommittees.
Prior to joining the full Reform Committee, Moll worked for its subcommittee on civil service as senior policy director and for the House Post Office and Civil Service Committee before it was merged with the Government Reform Committee. He also spent a number of years working on the Almanac of the Unelected, a compilation of profiles of Congressional staffers.
Moll is going to work for Public Affairs Management LLC. The Rochester, N.Y., native graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
New Press Secretary for Kildee. Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.) has hired a new press secretary and legislative assistant to take over for Peter Karafotas.
Scott Kuschmider, 29, takes over in the dual role. In addition to serving the duties of a press secretary, Kuschmider will also handle issues related to banking, telecommunications, tax and small business.
Prior to working for Kildee, Kuschmider served in the office of then-Rep. Ken Lucas (D-Ky.) as press secretary and legislative assistant, having worked his way up from mail manager. He has also interned for Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.). Kuschmider graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s in economics, and he hails from Olathe, Kan.
Sherman Shifts Staff. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) has made several moves around his Washington, D.C., office, promoting two and hiring two more staff members.
Andrew Wright comes on board as chief of staff, replacing acting Chief of Staff Ryan Donovan. Most recently, Wright served as the president of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association.
Wright has significant experience on Capitol Hill, serving as chief of staff for Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher (D) on two different occasions, once from 1983 to 1989 and again from 1994 to 1998. In between those two stints, Wright worked at the American Insurance Association as a vice president for government affairs. The Damascus, Va., native holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s from Emory and Henry College.
Jim Matthews, 50, takes over as legislative director. He will handle the issues related to the House Financial Services Committee. Matthews also has experience both on and off the Hill; most recently, he served as a director at the consulting firm Clark & Weinstock.
He has also served in the offices of Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), then-Rep. Thomas Manton (D-N.Y.), then-Sen. Nicholas Brady (R-N.J.) and then-Sen. Harrison Williams Jr. (D-N.J.). Matthews holds a bachelor’s in international relations from Lehigh University and attended graduate school for international affairs at George Washington University. He calls Newton, N.J., home.
Marc Korman, 23, has been promoted to legislative assistant. His responsibilities will include covering labor, veterans, government reform, agriculture, small business and transportation issues.
Korman has worked for the Congressman for the past two and a half years, including a year in his district office. The Rockville, Md., native holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Southern California.
Steven Steward, 24, has been promoted to legislative correspondent and systems administrator. He calls Los Angeles home.