STAFF MOVES: Look Who Is Getting Promoted On The Hill

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

There’s a new deputy chief of staff for Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and the name is Jefferson Deming. Deming is moving up from the legislative director slot in the same office. He’s a 2012 Vanderbilt University graduate in political science and government.

Jefferson Deming (Screen shot from his Facebook page).

As the accompanying photo from his Facebook page shows, Deming is seriously into moving up. Be nice to him, too, because he lists among his former jobs being a summer roustabout on an off-shore drilling rig. That’s no job for the faint-hearted!

Heather Sager (Screen shot from her Facebook page).

Heather Sager is the new communications director for Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.). Heather got her law degree in 2010 from the University of Indiana School of Law and her BA in philosophy and international studies from Saint John’s University in 2007. This is her first Hill position, so welcome, Heather!

Lydia Dennett is the newest professional staff member to join the House Homeland Security Committee Oversight, Management and Accountability Subcommittee (bet you can’t say that five times fast!). Lydia comes to the panel courtesy of Rep. Xochiti Torres Small (D-NM). Before this gig, Lydia was deputy investigations director for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), one of the finest groups in the nation’s capital.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) bolsters his personal staff with the addition of Adam Axler as policy adviser. Adam is a veteran, having previously worked at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field LLP, the New York State Attorney General and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.). Adam earned his law degree in 2015 from the New York School of Law.

Ansley Lacitis is the new communications director for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Ore.). That’s in addition to her previous title as deputy staff director, which she retains. Ansley is going to be very busy in the weeks and months ahead, so pray for her.


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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