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A Recess Reshuffle

The month of August saw three promotions and five new staffers fill positions in Sen. Arlen Specter’s (R-Pa.) office.

Chris Bradish, Carolyn Doyle and Mary Beth LaVerghetta have all been moved up in their roles in Specter’s Hart Senate office.

Bradish, a former assistant scheduler and legislative correspondent on energy and environmental issues, is now a legislative correspondent for foreign affairs, defense and trade. The 24-year-old Moraga, Calif., native is a graduate of the University of San Diego and holds a bachelor’s degree in political sciences.

Doyle left her role as special projects and intern coordinator to become a legislative correspondent on health care issues. Doyle is a Norwich, Conn., native and a graduate of Villanova University, where she earned a degree in psychology.

Former staff assistant LaVerghetta is now the newest legislative correspondent on energy and environmental issues for Specter. She will also serve as a legislative correspondent for the Judiciary Committee and work closely with the press staff on grant announcements. LaVerghetta, 23, graduated from the

University of Virginia with a degree in Spanish and government.

The five new faces around Specter’s office are Amanda Bonzo, Matt Kelly, Casey Huke, Kevin Carpenter and David DeBruyn.

Bonzo, 24, a former intern for the Senator, is now working full time as the staff press assistant. The recent Pennsylvania State University grad, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English, is a native of Freedom, Penn.

Another former Specter intern is Kelly, who joins the office as a staff assistant covering constituent services. The 22-year-old Camp Hill, Penn., native graduated in May from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Sharing Kelly’s staff assistant duties is Huke, who will focus on constituent services including directing constituent concerns. The 25-year-old Rockville, Md., native graduated in 2001 from Washington and Lee University with a degree in history.

Carpenter, who is now a legislative correspondent for tax and business issues for Specter, comes to the Senator’s office after interning for fellow Keystone state Sen. Rick Santorum (R) and the National Republican Congressional Committee. Carpenter, 22, calls Lancaster, Penn., his home and graduated from the Catholic University of America with a double major in politics and media studies.

DeBruyn will be working very closely with the senior Senator from Pennsylvania as Specter’s newest executive assistant. The 24-year-old Grand Rapids, Mich., native graduated in May from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor’s degree in English.

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