STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Moving Up On The Hill This Week

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Got a media question for Rep. David Ciciline (D-RI)? His new Press Secretary is Matt Handverger, who previously was with the House Democratic Caucus as New Media Press Secretary. Matt’s BA was awarded in 2010 by American University in communication, legal institutions, economics and government.

Matt Handverger wrestles a recalcitrant reporter (Screenshot from Facebook).

Timothy Michalak is making the move from being a Policy Fellow for Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) to Legislative Assistant. Timothy was awarded an MPA by the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in 2019.

Taking on the duties as Legislative Director for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is Chris Jaarda. Chris was previously Legislative Counsel for Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and has been in various positions on the Hill since 2002. Chris earned his law degree in 1998 from the Villanova University School of Law.

Marshall Yates takes over as Chief of Staff for Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) after serving as Brooks Legislative Counsel/Legislative Director. Marshall’s law degree is from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law in 2015 and he earned his BA in political science in 2011 from Auburn University.


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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