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Early last month Evergreen State Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R) brought aboard Pierce Scranton as her new chief of staff for her D.C. office.

A one-time legislative aide for Dunn, Scranton comes back to the Congresswoman’s office after a stint at the International Trade Administration at the Commerce Department.

“Pierce possesses critically unique expertise in issues that matter to the people of the 8th District — including trade, transportation, homeland security and technology,” Dunn said in a statement. “We share a common political vision as how best to ensure the growth and prosperity of our region and I am delighted about his return to the office.”

Scranton, 28, entered politics as a legislative aide for Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi before joining Dunn’s office. The Sammamish, Wash., native graduated from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1997 and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Economics Committee Picks Up Health Guru. Tom Miller was tapped last month by Joint Economic Chairman Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) as the new senior health economist.

Since June 2000, Miller, 51, has been the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. Before that, he was the director of economic policy studies and a senior policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The former trial attorney, journalist and broadcaster has had his writings published in numerous newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the National Review. He has also been a regular television and radio panelist.

Miller, who grew up in Monicello, N.Y., holds a political science degree from New York University and a law degree from Duke Law School.

Homeland Security Specialist. Dallas Frohrib, a former staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Nevada Rep. Jim Gibbons (R), was recently tapped to serve as the Congressman’s legislative assistant specializing in homeland security.

Frohrib graduated from the University of the Pacific’s School of International Studies in 2001 and went on to graduate from the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 2003. He has served as a psychological operations specialist in the Army as well as a terrorism analyst. [IMGCAP(1)]

One Up, One In. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) promoted and hired two native Minnesotans in his Washington office last month.

Monica Jirik, 24, has been bumped up from staff assistant to legislative correspondent. The Eagan, Minn., native began her service for Kline in January after working for the Republican Party of Minnesota. A 2001 graduate of St. Thomas University, Jirik holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Taking over Jirik’s duties as staff assistant is Dave Lewis, 22. Lewis, whose hometown is Wayzata, Minn., also served as a staff assistant in the office of Rep. Jim Ramstad (R-Minn.) whom he also interned for. Lewis just graduated in August from the University of Minnesota, where he earned a degree in political science.

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