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Hastert’s Hands

The office of the Speaker welcomes a new duo to its team.

Brittany Eck comes aboard as staff assistant, with responsibility for scheduling Capitol rooms for Members and overseeing interns and pages.

The former Southeast Texas regional assistant for then-Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and one-time deputy field director and political/organizational director for the Tom Reiser for Congress campaign is a Lone Star State native.

Eck is a member of Texas A&M University’s class of 2001, where she earned a bachelor’s in political science.

Greg Lovejoy arrives in the office as executive staff assistant to the Speaker after a stint as staff assistant for Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.).

The 26-year-old Lathrup Village, Mich., native received his bachelor’s in political science and economics from the University of Michigan in 2001.

Dakota Darlings. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) keeps the good times rolling with a passel of promotions and new additions.

One-time Johnson intern Leif Oveson moves up a notch to research assistant in charge of foreign policy, judiciary and defense issues after spending a year as staff assistant.

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Oveson holds a bachelor’s in economics.

Erin Crowder, formerly a staff assistant responsible for front office duties, will step into Oveson’s shoes.

A member of the University of Wyoming’s class of 2001, Crowder earned a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Wyoming.

In turn, Crowder’s old job is filled by Megan Colon.

Hailing from Sioux Falls, S.D., Colon holds a 2001 bachelor’s from Augustana College.

Johnson almunae Sonja Dean recently rejoined the junior Senator from South Dakota to serve as scheduler. She took a brief hiatus from his office to work on the Johnson re-election effort.

Previously, the Augustana College graduate worked as an outreach person and as a research assistant.

Nutmeg newbies. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) welcomes a new face and promotes one.

Lesley Sillaman takes over as press secretary, replacing Ashley Westbrook, who becomes the Congresswoman’s leadership and floor assistant for the Democratic Steering Committee, where DeLauro serves as co-chairwoman

Sillaman, who holds a bachelor’s from the University of Dayton and a master’s in communication from the University of Pennsylvania, arrives at the office fresh from a tour of duty as communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Sillaman earlier spent time as deputy press secretary on the Northeast press desk for the Democratic National Committee.

Since joining the Connecticut Representative’s office Westbrook has worked as press secretary and communications director.

Harman’s Helper. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) recently gave John Hess the nod to become her new chief of staff.

Hess steps in for Maura Policelli, who left to finish her law degree at Georgetown University and to take the bar exam.

Hess, a longtime aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), has served in a variety of capacities for the Golden State Senator since first coming to work for the then-Rep. Boxer as special assistant. His latter service, included stints as her senior policy adviser, as well as Northern California representative and senior adviser in her San Francisco office.

In the early 1980s, Hess spent time as a military legislative assistant to then-Sen. Charles Mathias (R-Md.).

An alumnus of Colorado College, Hess holds a bachelor’s in political science and history.

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