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Tar Heel Trio

North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) picks up a trifecta of legislative talent this month.

Hailing from Traverse City, Mich., new Legislative Director Jeff Hogg arrives in the office after a stint as Rep. Bart Gordon’s (D-Tenn.) legislative assistant for agriculture issues.

Hogg, 25, steps into the shoes of Beau Schuyler, who has joined Volunteer State Rep. John Tanner’s (D) staff.

He holds a bachelor’s in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a master’s in public policy from George Washington University.

District native Blair Milligan gets the nod to become legislative assistant with responsibility for Armed Services Committee work, education, foreign policy, health care and veterans issues.

The 25-year-old alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earlier served as a legislative correspondent and intern coordinator for Sen. John

Edwards (D-N.C.). She replaces Mike Woody, who has moved to the office of Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.).

Former intern for Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) Lillian Pace comes on board as special projects coordinator and legislative correspondent, taking over from Katherine Thompson, who departs for McIntyre’s Wilmington district office.

The Washington and Lee University graduate is currently pursuing her master’s in public policy from George Washington University. Pace, 22, is from Alexandria, Va.

Departing DeLay. Ann Travis, a veteran of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s (R-Texas) district office, is departing “The Hammer’s” operation after seven years as district director.

The Lone Star State native boasts more than 20 years of experience in the political arena, having first arrived on Capitol Hill in the early 1980s. While serving as legislative aide to then-Reps. Thomas Hartnett (R-S.C.) and Carlos Moorhead (R-Calif.), Travis also completed a stint at the Republican National Committee in the Speaker’s Bureau, before returning to Houston to work in local politics.

She now intends to open a government relations and public affairs consulting firm tentatively called The Travis Group.

The Houston-based firm, which Travis hopes to open within a month, will likely focus on government and community relations, as well as state and federal lobbying. Travis holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of South Carolina.

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