Lincoln Names Chief of Staff
Elizabeth Hurley Burks interned in the office of Sen. David Pryor (D-Ark.) during the summer of 1992, her first summer out of college. After 13 years spent mostly on Capitol Hill, Burks has been tapped as the new chief of staff to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.).
After her internship with Pryor, Burks, now 35, went to work as a staff assistant at the Democratic Leadership Council, where she remained until December 1992. She then accepted her first job with Lincoln, who was then a House Member. Burks served for three years as a legislative assistant before departing in December 1996 to become then-Rep. Jim Turner’s (D-Texas) legislative director. [IMGCAP(1)]
Burks remained a legislative director for a year before earning a promotion to chief of staff. She would serve Turner until December 2004, at which point she briefly joined the public policy and legislative practice group at Arnold and Porter, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, as a senior policy and legislative liaison.
Burks, a native of Magnolia, Ark., graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1992 with a degree in English.
Lincoln’s office also announced five other staff changes.
Derrick Williams, 23, has been hired as a legislative assistant for banking and labor issues and will also serve as legislative correspondent to the Senator. Williams is a 2004 graduate of Boston College, where he majored in political science and minored in economics. He hails from Little Rock, Ark.
During the summer of 2004, Ted Serafini interned in Lincoln’s office, to which he returns as the Senator’s new constituent relations specialist. The 23-year-old Serafini, of Fayetteville, Ark., graduated in 2005 from Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. He earned his bachelor’s in international relations while minoring in international economics.
Formerly serving as the Senator’s legislative correspondent, Hannah Lambiotte, of Vicksburg, Miss., has been promoted to legislative assistant for trade, telecommunications and housing issues. Before her promotion, the 25-year-old Lambiotte was legislative correspondent from November 2003 to July of this year, and she specialized in agriculture, forestry, trade, interior, environment, energy, telecommunications and transportation issues. Lambiotte graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a degree in American studies. She then received her master’s in political management from George Washington University in 2003.
David Hogue, Lincoln’s constituent relations specialist from August 2004 to May 2005, has earned a promotion to legislative correspondent for health care. Hogue, 23, is a native of Fayetteville, Ark., and he earned his bachelor’s in political science from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., in August 2004.
Anna Taylor, 27, has earned a promotion to legislative assistant for tax and budget policy. Previously, she served as Lincoln’s legislative assistant for foreign policy and as legislative correspondent for Finance Committee issues. Taylor is a 2000 graduate of Arkansas State University, where she earned her degree in political science, and she received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in May 2003. Taylor hails from Walnut Ridge, Ark.