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Michelle Dimarob will join Widmeyer Communications’ public affairs practice to work on a host of issue- and policy-oriented communication campaigns. She comes from Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s (R-Mo.) office, where she served as press secretary since January 2001 and from May 1997 to December 1998.

A 1994 graduate of California State University at Fresno, Dimarob, 30, has worked in a communication capacity for Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.) and Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.).

Dimarob, who received a bachelor’s in speech communication, hails from Pittsburg, Calif.

More Staff for McCarthy. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) recently solidified her staff with the addition of two new up-and-comers.

Mark Sokolove, 26, has taken the reins as communication director. A veteran political analyst at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and research analyst for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Sokolove graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1999 with a bachelor’s in political science. Sokolove is from Bryn Mawr, Pa.

George Burke has also joined the McCarthy team as staff assistant. The 2003 College of Holy Cross graduate has interned for his new boss in her district office and re-election campaigns since 1996. The 21-year-old grew up in Garden City, N.Y. [IMGCAP(1)]

Four for Sessions. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has recently added four new faces to his office.

Marshall Hartley, a 24-year-old Pell City, Ala., native, joined the ranks as constituent services representative. A 2002 University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate with a bachelor’s in political science, Hartley formerly interned for Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.).

Three new staff assistants complete Sessions’ team.

Leroy Nix, who graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2003, previously worked for Saks Fifth Avenue in Birmingham as a sales consultant. Nix, 21, holds a bachelor’s in political science and hails from Maplesville, Ala.

Fresh from the University of Florida, Anne Pizzato received her bachelor’s in telecommunications operations in May. The Birmingham native led her chapter of the College Republicans to receive the award for national chapter of the year in 2002. Pizzato, 21, has previously worked as an intern for Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).

James Yardley, 23, who also hails from Birmingham, rounds out the group. He has interned on the Southern Company’s trading floor in Birmingham and received a bachelor’s in economics from Vanderbilt University in 2002.

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