STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Being Promoted On The Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:

Aryn Fields is now Communications Director for Rep. JaHana Hayes (D-CT). Previously, Aryn was Press Secretary for Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and before that interned in the personal staff office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). She is a 2018 MA graduate in political communication from American University and she earned a 2016 BA in government from California State University at Sacramento.

Tanner Spencer appears to be in it for the long run (screen shot from Facebook).

Tanner Spencer was just promoted to Senior Legislative Assistant for Rep. Jim Banks (R-IND), from his prior duties as a Legislative Assistant. Tanner has been with Banks since serving as his campaign field director in 2016. He’s a 2016 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in public administration.

Now handling scheduling duties for Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) is Mark Waits, moving up from Deputy Scheduler/Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Mark is a 2019 political science BS graduate from Utah Valley University.

Miriam Cash (screen shot from Facebook).

If you are a journalist covering Congress, your first stop in the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) should be with the senator’s new Press Secretary, Miriam Cash. She comes to the Senate side of the Hill after a stint with the same title with EMILY’s List. Miriam is a 2015 Emory University BA graduate in sociology and she earned a certificate in politics and legal theory the following year from Columbia University. 

Handling the calendar these days for Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) is Ashley Bailey. Ashley began her Hill career in 2017 as a Staff Assistant for Rep. Billy Long (R-MO). She is a 2016 graduate from Missouri State University with a BA in agricultural business, sales and marketing.

Departures from the Hill:

Alex Huang (Screen shot from Facebook).

Alex Huang hustles over to the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies as its Director of Programs and Community Engagement. Alex previously served as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI). His first job on the Hill was interning for Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He was awarded an MA from the University of Michigan in 2015 in educational studies and urban pedagogy, and a BA from Ann Arbor in 2012 in international studies.

Just welcomed to the staff of Fresnius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., as Governmental Affairs Director is Chris Buki. He served on the Hill since 2014, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director for Rep. David McKinley (R-WV). He’s a 2012 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in political science.


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Author: Mark Tapscott

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