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La. Rep. Promotes LA

Since he returned from the August recess, Rep. David Vitter (R-La.) has promoted Greg Facchiano, his legislative assistant since January 2001, to legislative director.

Before joining Vitter’s staff, Facchiano, 29, served from 1996 to 2000 as a legislative assistant, legislative correspondent and staff assistant for then-Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), where he worked on passing Aimee’s Law and creating a federal prisoner health care copayment, among other issues. Facchiano now works on international affairs, appropriations, judiciary, labor, policy committee and social issues for Vitter.

Facchiano is a 1995 graduate of James Madison University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Promotions All Around. It’s a good time to be a staffer in Rep. Brad Sherman’s (D-Calif) office. The Golden State Member has promoted four of his staffers and hired one Capitol Hill veteran in the past few months.

Jonathan Godfrey, 34, came to Sherman’s office earlier this year as a senior legislative assistant. The Toledo, Ohio, native has been handling the Congressman’s Member Services Task Force as well as tax, budget and commerce issues.

Godfrey has worked in the Hill offices of Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) and then-Rep. Frank Mascara (D-Penn.) and most recently worked for Beacon Consulting Group, an appropriations lobbyist group.

Godfrey holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Laura Marsh was recently promoted from her position as legislative correspondent to legislative assistant. She now handles education, health care, environment, women’s issues and agricultural issues for the Congressman. Marsh, 22, joined Sherman’s office in June 2002 as a staff assistant. The Belmont, Mass., native graduated in May 2002 from George Washington University with a degree in political communications.

Taking over the position of legislative correspondent is Anna Woodiwiss. Woodiwiss, 22, will now handle responsive and proactive mail for the office. She served as the Congressman’s staff assistant from February to June of this year. Before joining the office, she worked as deputy finance director for the Harry Jacobs for Congress campaign and as an intern in Rep. Jim McDermott’s (D-Wash.) office. The Wheaton, Ill., native is a 2002 graduate of Swarthmore College.

Moving out of the field and into the office is Marc Korman. The former field representative for the Congressman will take on the role of staff assistant and systems administrator, handling administrative duties, computer management and constituent service. Before joining Sherman’s staff, Korman, 21, was a staff assistant at the Kalsman Institute at Hebrew Union College and an intern for California Gov. Gray Davis (D). The Rockville, Md., native will graduate in December from the University of Southern California with a degree in history.

Rounding out Sherman’s promotions is Kerri Wood, 25. Wood joined the Congressman’s San Fernando Valley office in 2000 as a field representative. She has since moved to Washington as a legislative assistant and will handle the Congressman’s scheduling responsibilities. A Los Angeles native, Wood graduated from the University of Southern California in 1999 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish.

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