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Last week, Rep. Peter Deutsch (D-Fla.) announced the return of a Deutsch alumnus and the hiring of two new staffers in his Washington office.

After a brief hiatus to work on various Florida campaigns, Aaron Albright, 27, retuned to Deutsch’s office as the Congressman’s communications director. The Indiana native graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s in journalism.

Deutsch’s newest policy adviser covering foreign affairs, trade and finance issues is Danielle Camner, 34. Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Camner worked as vice president for government affairs for BankUnited and as a special assistant to the undersecretary for economic, business and agricultural affairs at the State Department. A Miami native, Camner received her law degree from the University of Miami and her undergraduate degree from Tufts University.

John Drake, a native of San Diego, joins the Congressman’s office as a legislative correspondent after interning with Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.). Drake, who joined the office at the end of November, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001 with a degree in philosophy. [IMGCAP(1)]

Nevada Rep. Ends ’03 With Hires and Promotion. Late last year, Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) promoted Staff Assistant Nina Baldacci and picked up two new assistants, Tray Abney and Mackenzie Coon.

Baldacci, 30, began working in Gibbons’ office in February 2003. As the office’s new scheduler and systems administrator, Baldacci will be in charge of maintaining and updating the Congressman’s schedule, managing the office’s finances and maintaining and updating the office’s Web site and all other technical systems. Before coming to the Hill, Baldacci worked for the Motley Fool, an investing Web site, and for America Online.

The Evergreen, Colo., native is a 1995 graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she earned degrees in English and religious studies.

Coon, 24, will help the Congressman with front-office duties. Previously, Coon worked at the University of Arizona Office of the Dean. She has also served as an intern in Rep. Jim Kolbe’s (R-Ariz.) district office.

The Tucson, Ariz., native graduated in December 2002 from Northern Arizona University and holds a degree in journalism.

Abney, 23, will serve Gibbons by answering mail and phone calls and greeting constituents. The Springfield, Mo., native is a former intern at the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Abney graduated in May 2003 from Southwest Missouri State University. He holds a bachelor’s in political science.

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