STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted On Capitol Hill This Week

Recent Staff Moves, As Reported By Legistorm:
Leslie Shedd with Clemson University Quarterback Trevor Lawrence at the White House (Screenshot from Facebook).

Leslie Shedd is the new Communications Director for the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Republicans, working for Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the ranking minority member. Leslie earned her BA in political science and french from Clemson University in 2001 and her law degree in 2007 from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law. Leslie is a devoted Clemson fan.

Moving over from the O’Rourke presidential campaign staff to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) as a special adviser is Allison Hunn. You may also know Allison from the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs where she served as a special assistant from 2013 to 2015. Allison’s BA in french was awarded by the University of Virginia in 2011. Her law degree came in 2018 from the University of California at Berkley.

Maggie Wunderlick is the new scheduler in the office of Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), moving into that position after a stint as an intern in the same shop. A skilled photographer, Maggie’s BS in psychology came in 2015 from Sewanee, The University of the South. Maggie was born a Texan. Links between Texas and South Carolina go back to the Alamo and Col. William Barrett Travis, who was from Saluda County, SC.

Shallum Atkinson (Screenshot from Facebook).

There’s a new Legislative Assistant working for Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) and his name is Shallum Atkinson. Shallum previously worked for Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Rep. David Scott (D-GA). Shallum was the 2019 graduate commencement speaker at American University where he was awarded a MEd in education policy and leadership. His BA is in political science from the University of Georgia in 2017.

House Staff Bonuses Lowest in Four Years

Legistorm’s Keturah Hetrick reports bonuses given by members of the House of Representatives in the fourth quarter of last year were down compared to previous years.

Republican staffers received bonuses on average of 19.7 percent in the fourth quarter, compared to 17 percent bonuses given to Democratic staffers.

“Republicans also made up eight of the top most generous bosses last quarter. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) topped the charts, giving his staff an estimated average bonus of 120 percent over what they made in the previous quarters. Aides to Steve King (R-Iowa) received the second-highest increase, at 73 percent per staffer,” Hetrick reported.

“Rounding out the top slots are Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), David Kustoff (R-Tenn.), Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Don Young (R-Alaska),” Hetrick wrote.


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Author: Mark Tapscott

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