Unfamiliar Faces

Posted March 11, 2008 at 5:34pm

When Carl Gist Jr. met Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Gist asked Shuler what position he held on the Hill. Shuler “politely” informed Gist that he was a newly elected Congressman.

[IMGCAP(1)]But Gist has moved on from this embarrassing moment, and recently he stepped up to the position of legislative aide for Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.).

The Greensboro, N.C., native has a degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

He has previous experience as a special assistant to the political director at the Democratic National Committee.

In his spare time, Gist is a huge gym rat.

“I go to the gym as much as possible,” he told Climbers in an e-mail.

Gist is one of three Hill climbers in Barrow’s office. The second, Brandon Webb, 26, is the Congressman’s new legislative correspondent.

Webb told Climbers that his responsibilities are “writing constituent correspondence with the skill of James Joyce and grace of James Baldwin.”

Webb, who is from Fairfax, Va., was an intern for Rep. David Scott (D-Ga.). He also worked on the Jim Webb for Senate campaign. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University and a master’s in public policy from George Mason University.

He belongs to the Congressional Black Associates, and his goal is working in academia or politics.

[IMGCAP(2)]Luke Moses, 22, is one month into his position as staff assistant for Barrow, having graduated from The George Washington University this past December with a major in history and double minor in American studies and psychology.

“I really enjoy getting a firsthand look at what happens on the Hill,” Moses said of his new job.

Moses comes from Barrow’s district and previously interned for him. In high school, the Louisville, Ga., native was a House page.

“I love working for my hometown Congressman. It’s nice to see people from the place I grew up all the time,” Moses told Climbers.

He is a member of the NAACP and St. Stephen Martyr Church.

Setting Shuler’s Schedule. Julie Fishman should have no trouble recognizing Shuler. She is the Congressman’s new scheduler, hailing from Duluth, Ga. She earned her undergraduate degree in international service and government and master’s in religious studies from Georgetown University.

“The whole office is fantastic, and everybody is really nice,” Fishman said of her new job. Shuler is a quail hunter, so Fishman is “learning a lot about quail hunting.”

Fishman calls herself a big foodie and she writes restaurant reviews in her spare time.

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