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Sooner State Staff Switches

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) hired two native Oklahomans in his Capitol Hill office early last month.

Micah Zomer will serve the Congressman as deputy press secretary and legislative assistant, and Courtney Box is the office’s newest staff assistant.

Zomer, 24, will monitor legislative issue developments for the Congressman’s environmental, labor, homeland security and American Indian issues. In addition, he will assist Lucas’ press office with its communications efforts, including press releases, radio interviews and media monitoring.

Zomer comes to the office from the Zionist Organization of America where he was a government affairs liaison. He has also worked as a marketing representative at Limco Airepair Inc. in Tulsa and as a legal intern for the Spinak and Gray law firm.

The Tulsa native graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in marketing.

As a staff assistant, Box will serve the Congressman with research, special projects, administrative tasks and conducting constituent tours.

Box, 23, interned for the Congressman during the summer of 2001 and has also interned for Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.). The Enid, Okla., native is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned her degree in letters.[IMGCAP(1)]

Former LD, Intern Return to Brown’s Office. Rep. Henry Brown’s (R-S.C.) office recently added two not-so-new faces this fall.

Stephen Flippin, 29, has been brought on board as the Congressman’s new chief of staff. Flippin replaces Stovall Witte, who left the Congressman’s office to become vice president of advancement and marketing at Charleston Southern University.

Flippin is a Hill veteran who began his work in Washington politics in 1996 for then-Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). He has also worked for Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) as a senior legislative assistant and served as Brown’s legislative director. He returns to Brown’s office after working in Graham’s Senate office.

“Steve was an incredible asset as our legislative director and I am pleased he has returned to the office,” Brown said in a statement.

The McLeansville, N.C., native is a graduate of East Carolina University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Brown’s other recent pick-up is former intern Scott Burris, 22. The Charleston, S.C., native who graduated from Southern Methodist University in May will serve Brown as a legislative correspondent. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in history and public policy.

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