Standing by Biden

Posted March 28, 2008 at 5:23pm

Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) has hired Luis Navarro to be his new chief of staff. Navarro is a rare native of Washington, D.C., and brings a long résumé of experience to his new power position on the Hill.

[IMGCAP(1)]Navarro was Biden’s campaign manager during the Senator’s latest presidential run, and he was the Florida Democratic Party executive director from 2005 to 2007. Navarro also served as the political director for Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign in 2003 and 2004 and as political director for the Service Employees International Union from 1999 to 2003. He was also the deputy political director for the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999.

Navarro, 44, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1986. He said that he is the son of a Peruvian immigrant who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery and a “Hoosier mother.” He is also the proud uncle of his sister and brother-in-law’s three daughters and son.

In his spare time, Navarro enjoys movies, thrill rides and nonfiction books.

Landing With Lamborn. Rep. Doug Lamborn (R), who faces a challenging re-election battle in Colorado, was just endorsed by the Club for Growth. But for the time being, he’s safely in office, and he just took on Kristine Michalson as deputy press secretary.

Michalson, who started March 24, is from Ramsey, N.J. — 20 miles outside of Manhattan — and graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania in

December. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a certification in social studies, secondary education.

Michalson, 22, said she got her new job through a “friend in the office” who passed her résumé along. She will assist Lamborn with press releases and e-newsletters. She also will assume some staff assistant duties, such as responding to flag requests.

She said she is very much in tune with Lamborn’s messages.

“I agree and support his pro-family stance,” Michalson said. “I’m also interested in human rights abroad and religious freedom.”

In her spare time, Michalson likes to play flag football and read. She hopes to eventually become either a government teacher or a press secretary.

“It’s new to me and it’s very exciting,” she said of her job. “I love being in the center of all the change around here.”

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