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Ron Phillips returned to House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter’s (R-Calif.) staff to be a senior policy adviser for the Congressman.

Phillips previously worked for Hunter as director of research from 1988 to 1994 when Hunter was chairman of the Republican Research Committee. Phillips, a former Florida political consultant and state lobbyist, left Capitol Hill in 1994 to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.

Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Florida State University and is currently working on a master’s degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Arizona LD Heads to Volunteer State

Christine Dodd, a former legislative director for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), was hired late last month to serve as legislative director for Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.).

Dodd, 32, was a one-time legislative director to Rep. Tom Sawyer (D-Ohio) and previously worked in the private sector as a business development manager for JD Edwards World Solutions and as a health care and corporate lawyer.

A native Ohioan, Dodd earned her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and went on to receive a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Washington Rep. Makes D.C. Moves

Rep. George Nethercutt (R-Wash.) hired and promoted several Western natives on his Hill staff late last month.

Idaho native Karl Anderson was tapped to be Nethercutt’s new legislative director. A graduate of Idaho State University where he earned a degree in biology, Anderson was working in the office of Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).

Megan Lawrence joins Nethercutt’s office as legislative assistant on taxes, judiciary, border, labor and transportation issues. A Mercer Island, Wash., native, Lawrence comes to the Hill from the Seattle law firm Winterbauer and Diamond.

The 27-year-old graduated from the

University of Washington with a degree in political science and holds a law degree from Seattle University.

Moving up from staff assistant to legislative correspondent is Kimberly Trinh, who began working in Nethercutt’s office last year. Trinh, 22, is a native of Seattle and volunteered on Rep. Jennifer Dunn’s (R-Wash.) 2002 campaign.

She graduated from the University of Washington and holds a degree in economics.

After working in the Corporation for National and Community Service inspector general’s office, Andrew Passmore has been named Nethercutt’s new staff assistant.

Passmore, 24, hails from Walla Walla, Wash., and holds a degree in communications from Washington State University.

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