STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill

Courtesy of Legistorm:

There’s a huge new challenge in the office of Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) that comes about as a result of the appointment of the congressman’s new Chief of Staff, Marshall Yates:

Marshall Yates, chief of staff for Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala)

“Quite frankly, the biggest challenge I will have with Marshall Yates is one common to Alabama. We are simply going to have to balance out those Auburn orange & blue socks, and Auburn Tigers flag, Marshall displays wherever he works,” Brooks said. If you don’t instantly get that, you’re not from Alabama.

Yates succeeds Mark Pettitt, who was Brooks’ COS for nine years, an unusually long tenure for a Hill slot.

Moving from Deepest Dixie to Yankeeland, Megan Garcia is the new Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director for Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).  She comes from New America where she was a Senior Fellow and Director of Growth. Megan’s BA in American History and Literature was awarded in 2004 by Harvard University and her MPP in 2010 from the University of Southern California.

There’s a new Legislative Director working for Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and her name is Lauren O’Brien. Lauren is a Hill veteran who has served in various offices since 2005, except for the past three years when she lobbied for Akin Gump. She is a 2005 graduate of St. Mary’s College (Indiana) with a BA in political science and American history.

Bolstering the ranks of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is new Professional Staff Member Jeff Davis Pace, working for Ranking Minority Member Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas). Pace earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2015 and his BA in English from the big school in Mr. Faulkner’s hometown in 2010.

Betsy Coulbourn moves up to Health Policy Adviser to Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) after serving as LA for nearly two years. Betsy earned her BS in political science in 2015 from the University of Delaware.


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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