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Capito’s Clan

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) has shuffled the deck, promoting four aides and hiring a duo of new staffers.

Former Legislative Correspondent Brooks Crislip ascends to legislative assistant in charge of a variety of issues, including education, environment and Social Security.

Hailing from Charleston, W.Va., Crislip received a bachelor’s in public relations from West Virginia University in May 2002.

Onetime speechwriter to the secretary of Commerce Mary Diamond has joined Capito’s team as press secretary. Diamond, a veteran of the 2000 Bush for President campaign, most recently served as press secretary for the Clayburgh for Congress North Dakota Congressional race.

The Providence, R.I., native earned a 1995 bachelor’s in journalism with a minor in English from Marist College.

Krista Sheets has moved up a notch from legislative correspondent to legislative assistant with responsibility for women’s caucus, small business and HUD issues.

A veteran of the Capito operation, Sheets has also served as staff assistant and as a field representative for Capito’s 2002 House race.

Sheets, a member of Bethany College’s class of 2000, holds a bachelor’s in theater and political science. She also has a master’s in political management from George Washington University.

Furman University graduate Aaron Sporck takes over defense, energy and trade issues, among others, in his new post as legislative assistant.

Sporck, who rose through the office ranks beginning as an intern in August

2001, most recently served as legislative correspondent. He has also interned for then-Rep. Bob Ehrlich (R-Md.).

He is from Charleston, W.Va.

After a tenure as a Capito intern, Mountain State native Adam Tomlinson gets the nod to become staff assistant.

Tomlinson, who cut his political teeth as an intern for Capito’s 2002 Congressional campaign, is a junior majoring in political science and history at American University.

Hailing from Charleston, W.Va., Hatton Lane joined the office as staff assistant and systems administrator.

A member of Randolph Macon College’s class of 2001, Hatton holds a bachelor’s in political science with a minor in English.

Miller Madness. When Rep. Candice Miller’s (R-Mich.) new staff assistant, Laura Gingrey, migrated from Georgia to Washington, she didn’t have to look too far for a place to hang her hat. [IMGCAP(1)]

Instead, she moved in with dear old dad — neophyte Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).

“I’ve been in politics for a very long time,” said the 25-year-old Gingrey, who first hit the campaign trail during her father’s successful 1998 run for the Peach State Senate.

Still, the Marietta, Ga., native says she’s got plenty of things to learn.

“I’m just learning the ropes right here,” Gingrey said of her new post in Miller’s office.

Given that Miller serves on the Armed Services Committee with Phil Gingrey, Laura Gingrey says she often gets the chance to observe her father in action.

“It’s kinda neat, cause I really understand what he does now,” said Gingrey, a University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa graduate.

And while the former account executive at Atlanta’s Adair-Greene advertising agency intends a career in the political arena, Gingrey’s future plans also include wedding bells on the not-so-distant horizon. She is engaged to be married next January to New Yorker Todd Schuessler.

Among the other hires in Miller’s office are the following:

Longtime aide Jamie Roe helms the operation as chief of staff. The 36-year-old Roe, who served as campaign manager for Miller’s 2002 House race, earlier worked as director of constituent relations — and then director of government affairs — when Miller was Michigan’s secretary of state. He also served a stint as Michigan field director for Bush/Cheney 2000.

The Michigan State University graduate got his political start at the Michigan Republican Committee, where he worked with the campaigns of Miller, then-Gov. John Engler (R) and then-Sen. Spence Abraham (R-Mich.).

After a stint as a human resources consultant, Sean Moran has returned to the Hill as legislative director. Earlier, he had spent time as an aide on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and working for Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.).

The University of Maryland alumnus is a native of Framingham, Mass.

Press Secretary Melissa Mazzella has joined the office after a tenure in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s communications division.

Hailing from the Grand Canyon State, Mazzella has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Arizona.

Also arriving from the NRCC, Scheduler Meredith Tenney holds a bachelor’s in marketing from Baylor University. She is from Dallas.

A veteran of Rep. Mary Bono’s (R-Calif.) press shop, 24-year-old Kim Bird has become legislative assistant.

In 2001, Kim graduated with a bachelor’s in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

After toiling for the Miller campaign, Erik Glavich is rewarded with a legislative assistant position.

The former math teacher earned a bachelor’s in education from the University of Michigan in 1999.

Glavich, 27, is pursuing a master’s in public policy at Georgetown University.

Finally, Miller has selected a 16-year U.S. Army veteran, David Hemenway, as her military and defense legislative assistant.

The 47-year-old Hemenway served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

After earning a bachelor’s in European history from Washington and Lee University, Hemenway went on to receive a law degree from Howard University.

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