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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

The new Chief of Staff for Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) is former Americans for Prosperity Federal Affairs Director Jason Bauknecht. Jason is originally from Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

Ashley Sills (Screenshot from Facebook).

Ashley Sills takes on her first position on Capitol Hill as Scheduler for Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.). Her BS in history was awarded this year by the University of Montevallo. Judging by the accompanying screenshot from Ashley’s Facebook page, it appears she is rather excited about the new job. Welcome to the Hill, Ashley.

Nick Wollerman takes over as Press Secretary for Rep. Neil Dunn (R-Fla.) after serving as the Florida congressman’s campaign manager. Nick earned his BS in finance and real estate in 2019 from Florida State University. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week”

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

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Shani Rosenstock and friend (screenshot from Facebook).

Shani Rosenstock joins the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee as a Professional Staff Member, working for the chairman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). Shani earned her BA in political science and business administration (Magna Cum Laude) from American University in 2017.

Mia Mayberry (Screenshot from Facebook).

Mia Mayberry is now Outreach Director for Sen. Amy Kloubachar (D-MN), after serving on the Kloubachar presidential campaign and before that working for California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris’ bid for the White House. Mia’s law degree is from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2014 and she was awarded a BS in criminal justice from Northeastern University in 2011. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who’s Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s Tearful Tribute To Apologist Ravi Zacharias

There is likely nobody outside of President Donald Trump himself in a more pressure-packed job in the public spotlight these days than White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (Screen shot from youtube).

In the short time she has been in the position, she has displayed an articulate, intelligent, and graciously forceful approach to dealing with what surely is the most hostile crowd of White House correspondents ever.

There are more than a few communications directors and press secretaries on Capitol Hill (I’ve been both) who can relate to the challenges McEnany must deal with on a daily basis.

Her comments in this interview with CBN’s David Brody about what Ravi Zacharias meant to her as a Christian at Oxford University suggest her press briefing inquisitors would do well to consider carefully who and what they are now up against:


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

Courtesy of Legistorm:

Rich Sheedy becomes Legislative Director for Rep. George Holding (R-NC) after serving in other jobs for the North Carolina congressman for nearly three years. Rich is a 2017 graduate of Emory University.

Hailee Hampton (Screenshot from Facebook)

Ask for Hailee Hampton if you have a scheduling question for Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX). Hailee comes to the position following a stint with the Bockorny Group and internships with Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). Hailee is a 2019 graduate of the University of Arkansas.

Liam Forsythe is the new Chief of Staff for Rep. Linda Diaz Barraghan (D-CA). Previously, Liam was Counsel to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for seven years. He earned his law degree in 2007 from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law and his BA in political science and international studies in 1998 from Western Maryland College. Continue reading “STAFF NEWS: Look Who Is Movin’ Up On The Hill This Week”

Are You Ready To Get Out Of Your Boat?

Matthew’s account of Jesus walking on the water is among the most well-known of His miracles, but there is another important aspect of this event that ought especially to capture the attention of anybody working on a congressional staff.

Screenshot from Facebook.

What’s your ambition? Move up to a better-paid, higher-challenge position with your current boss? Climb the ladder to work for the most influential and powerful senator or representative? Maybe it’s to make contacts and then join a lobbying firm or advocacy group. The Hill is a wonderful springboard in countless ways, but it can also be a tough, risky place to work.

Something I read on April 30 in a daily devotional app I read every morning has been very much on my mind. The title of the entry for that day in “The Word For You Today” was simple and to the point – “Getting Out Of Your Boat.” Continue reading “Are You Ready To Get Out Of Your Boat?”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Moving From Adversity To Aspiration On Capitol Hill

By Bret Bernhardt

Bret Bernhardt, former chief of staff for senators Don Nickles and Jim DeMint.

Moving from adversity to aspiration may seem like a matter of national policy, especially now, but it is just as relevant to us personally as we work on Capitol Hill.

These two “A’s” can serve to unite a nation, yet they can also help us individually to overcome personal trials. I can think of no better time to explore what this means than now.

Throughout American history, adversity has served to bring us together as a nation, and not just the United States, but other countries as well. Look no further than wars, disasters, and catastrophes. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Moving From Adversity To Aspiration On Capitol Hill”

Once I Was Blind, But Now I See. How About You?

You may recognize the heart of the headline above as being from the greatest hymn ever written, “Amazing Grace,” by John Newton, the former slave trader, and the English poet, William Cowper.

Only God knows how many men and women in the centuries since it was composed and published in 1779 have gladly sung that hymn because it so perfectly captured their unique stories. Continue reading “Once I Was Blind, But Now I See. How About You?”