In Service to Alabamians

Posted August 3, 2007 at 3:40pm

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has hired five new staff members in his Washington, D.C., office, including two new staff assistants who will be providing him with constituent services. [IMGCAP(1)]

The first, Brittney Ingalls, is from Greenville, Ala., and previously worked as assistant advertising coordinator at The Crimson White, the University of Alabama’s student newspaper. A graduate of Fort Dale Academy in Greenville, Ala., she received her bachelor’s degree from University of Alabama in May.

Shelby said in a statement: “I was glad to welcome Brittney to my Washington, D.C. staff. She has shown a great deal of professionalism and eagerness in her time in the office. It is important that constituents have an open line to my office and I know Brittney will serve Alabamians well.”

Ashley Bowles, the other staff assistant, is from Lexington, Ky. She received a degree in human environmental sciences from the University of Alabama in 2006. She comes to Shelby’s office from Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked as a scheduler.

Shelby had similar things to say about Bowles:

“I am glad to welcome Ashley to my staff,” Shelby said. “Her professionalism when working with my constituents is outstanding and she is a great addition to my office.”

Pamela Simpson is Shelby’s new deputy press secretary. Simpson, from Louisville, Ky., will write news releases and statements and compile daily press clippings. She previously worked in the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), where she served as legislative correspondent. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication and business administration from the University of Arizona in 2003.

“I was glad to have Pamela join my staff,” Shelby said. “Her experience working in the Senate and her excellent communication skills make her an asset to my office.” [IMGCAP(2)]

Chad Davis now is Shelby’s principal adviser on taxes, international trade, budget, health care, labor, telecommunications and judiciary issues as a new legislative assistant in his office. He previously served as legislative assistant to then-Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.). Before that he was director of government relations at the National Retail Federation.

“I was glad to welcome Chad as a new member of my Washington, D.C. staff,” Shelby said. “Chad has a large portfolio of issues, and his education, professional experience and diligence make him an important asset to my office.”

Davis has a master’s in public policy from The George Washington University and bachelor’s in economics from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill. From Avon, Ill., he currently resides with his wife, Ellen, in Alexandria, Va.

From Mobile, Ala., Watson Donald is another new legislative assistant. In that capacity, he will be dealing with defense, veterans’ and foreign affairs issues. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College in 2001. He and his wife, Jessica, who is from Austin, Texas, currently reside in Washington, D.C.

Donald previously worked as a legislative correspondent and legislative aide for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and as legislative assistant and, later, senior legislative assistant for Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.).

“I am glad to welcome Watson to my office,” Shelby said. “His impressive experience working on Capitol Hill and extensive knowledge of defense and foreign affairs issues makes him an asset to my office.”

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