WORKING ON THE HILL: Look Who’s Getting Promoted

Recent Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Drew Story is the new legislative assistant for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). Story comes from a year-long stint working for Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.). He has a Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from the University of California at Riverside in 2018.

Arjun Mody is the Senate Republican Conference’s newly hired staff director, under Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wy.). It’s a return engagement for Mody, as he previously served in the same job under Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) Arjun is a 2004 graduate of the American University Washington College of Law, as well as a 2003 graduate of the Arizona State University College of Law and a 2000 La Salle University graduate in political science.

Chris Farrar is moving his office impedimenta from Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman’s Hart Senate Office Building quarters where he was a legislative assistant to those of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Minority Staff in the Rayburn House Office Building, as the new newest professional staff member, under Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas). Farrar received an international affairs certificate from American University in 2012, and he is a 2012 political science graduate from Sewanee, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH.

Screen shot of Samantha Medlock from Facebook.

Samantha Medlock was a senior vice president at Willis Towers Watson PLC, but she is now the new senior counsel for the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, under Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.). She earned her JD from the Vermont Law School in 2008 and she is a 1999 Summa Cum Laude from Texas Women’s University in government. She served under President Barack Obama in the White House as deputy associate director of the Council on Environmental Quality.

Rachel Huxley-Cohen is Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s (D-Ill.) new deputy communications director. Previously, Huxley-Cohen was communications director for Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.). She is a 2015 graduate in political science and public affairs from Suffolk University.

Another new deputy communications director on Capitol Hill is Matteo Cina, who moves over to the office of Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.). Previously, Gina interned for Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). He is a 2016 graduate in history from the University of Dallas.

Ever Wonder Which Campus Produces The Most Hill Aides?

Well, you are about to find out, courtesy of Here’s the scoop, according to the R Street Institute’s Casey Burgat:

“Using a first of its kind dataset that includes every recorded staffer degree, we will soon answer every question you didn’t know you had about educational pipelines to Capitol Hill.
“Some of your expectations will be confirmed; others are likely to be contradicted. Among other goodies, this analysis will include:
  • What colleges have the strongest pipelines to DC?
  • Which members hire the most Ivy grads?
  • What (if any) party differences are there in educational backgrounds of staffers?
  • Which law schools are best represented on the Hill?
  • Which members hire only from schools within their home states?
“Stay tuned! More data and analysis are coming!”
Also check out the neat flight map Burgat created, showing some broad hints about which schools produce the largest number of Hill aides.

Looking for a Hill Job?

Check out this five-part HillFaith series by Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for Senators Don Nickle (R-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Bernhardt has a wealth of experience, insider insight, how-tos and obscure terms (know what a “golden reference” is on the Hill?), plus lots of helpful links.

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Author: Mark Tapscott

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