Four More Staffers

Posted May 4, 2007 at 4:24pm

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) recently hired a quartet of new staffers to aid him in his Washington, D.C., office.

Coming aboard as legislative director is Ed Skala, 31. [IMGCAP(1)]

Previously, Skala worked for then-Rep. Mark Kennedy (R-Minn.) from 2003 to 2006 as legislative director and then deputy chief of staff. Before that, he worked for then-Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) as legislative assistant and then legislative director from 1998 to 2002.

The Bayside, N.Y., native and Yankees fan graduated from Hamilton College in 1997.

David Ward, 24, joins the office as press secretary. Before assuming his new post, Ward worked for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) as an intern, staff assistant and ultimately as a legislative correspondent and deputy press secretary.

From Raleigh, N.C., Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Wake Forest University in 2005.

Chris Sexton, 28, is a new legislative correspondent in the office. He previously worked as legislative correspondent for then-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).

A 2003 graduate in political science from American University, Sexton is from Sargentville, Maine.

Finally, Chelsea Brown, 25, will work as scheduler and office manager. [IMGCAP(2)]

Before joining Hensarling’s team, Brown worked as an executive assistant for Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) from 2006 to 2007 and as a staff assistant for the House Energy and Commerce Committee from 2005 to 2006.

A native of Plano, Texas, Brown graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2004.

Staffing Sessions. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) initiated a couple of staff changes in his office, adding a new staffer while promoting another.

Todd Stiefler, 28, is new to the office as a military legislative assistant. Previously, he worked for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in the same capacity from 2005 to 2007 and as a consultant in the private sector before that.

“Todd gained an impressive reputation for his work for Sen. Kyl,” Sessions said in a statement, “and his knowledge of strategic defense issues will be very valuable to my work. Since Alabama has major defense programs that are authorized by the Strategic Subcommittee, I expect Todd to be an important asset for our defense community.”

A Minneapolis native, Stiefler earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Williams College in 2000. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in security studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Moving up in the office to become press secretary is Stephen Boyd, 28. He previously served as legislative correspondent, legislative assistant and most recently legislative counsel for Sessions since 2004.

“I am pleased to announce Stephen’s promotion to press secretary,” Sessions said. “He is an extremely valued and trusted member of my staff.”

Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Boyd worked as manager on the re-election campaign of Jefferson County district attorney David Barber.

From Vestavia Hills, Ala., Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from the University of Alabama in 2001 and a law degree from the same institution in 2004.