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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Christopher Cox (Screenshot from Legistorm).

Got a question about Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) concerning her views on civil rights, native Americans, technology, health or families (and lots of other issues as well)? Then the person you need to talk to is Christopher Cox, Clarke’s new Senior Policy Adviser. He is moving up from being Clarke’s Senior Legislative Assistant. Christopher is a 2016 MPH graduate of Jackson State University in health policy and management, and he earned his BA in political science and legal studies in 2013, also from Jackson State University.

Sheresh Khan (Screenshot from Facebook).

Sheresh Khan is the new Legislative Director for Rep. Lou Correau (D-Calif.). Sheresh was previously Legislative Assistant in the Correau office. Sheresh started on the Hill as a Legislative Assistant for Correau in 2017. Sheresh is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego.

Also moving up to a Senior Policy Adviser position is Elizabeth Arevalo, working for Rep. Ted Leiu (D-Calif.). Elizabeth, who has worked for Leiu since 2015, was previously a Legislative Assistant. Elizabeth graduated with a BA in political science in 2014 from Notre Dame University. 

Leaving the Hill is Brandon VerVelde, moving on from being Communications Director for Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) to Media Relations Manager for Leidos, Inc. Brandon’s BA in political science was awarded in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2010.

They Said Goodbye To The Hill, Then The Pandemic Hit:

Katherine Lyons has another great installment this week for Roll Call’s ever-illuminating “Heard On The Hill” column, this time talking with four Hill formers who left the ranks of congressional aides for what they hoped would be greener pastures elsewhere in the nation’s capitol, only to confront the Coronavirus Pandemic that turned everything topsy turvy for everybody.

Mark Williams, for example, told Lyons that going to a K Street lobbying slot after working as Chief of Staff for Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) was quite an eye-opening experience.

“You go from starting to feel OK, to ‘Holy s—, are we about to lose every single client we have?’” Williams, a University of Texas Longhorns graduate,  told Lyons.

That particular apocalypse did not come down, but Williams said he learned the truth of something he’d heard: “You don’t know what you don’t know coming off the Hill. But you think you know it all.”

Go here for all of Lysons’ excellent piece.


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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