STAFF MOVES: These People Are Climbing The Ladder On The Hill

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Suzanne Lane is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s new digital director, moving over from her previous slot with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Suzanne is a 2015 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in political science and government.

Kayla Rillo, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)(Screen shot from Facebook)

Kayla Rillo moves over to the legislative assistant slot in the office of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) from a similar slot with Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.). Kayla is a 2015 political science graduate from Seton Hall University.

Svetlana Matt goes from legislative assistant to Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) to his senior counsel. Svetlana earned her law degree in 2012 from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.

Danniyal Ahmed is Rep. Madeleine Dean’s (D-Pa.) legislative assistant, following a stint as legislative aide to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Ahmed is a 2017 George Washington University Law School graduate and a 2013 Cum Laude graduate in political science and economics from Ohio State University.

There’s a new chief of staff in the office of Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and his name is Kerry Knott. Knott has been away from the Hill for several years, but is no stranger to its ways, having formerly served as chief of staff for then-House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and before that as executive director of the House Republican Conference during the “Contract With America” excitement.

Krystal Milam is now legislative assistant for Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). Krystal previously was a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow and she is a 2016 graduate of the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Louise Brownell snares her first job in Congress, as scheduler for Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.). Louise is a 2019 graduate of Fordham University with a BA in history. Welcome to the Hill, Louise!


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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