One In, Two Up in Pelican State

Posted February 13, 2004 at 3:18pm

David Vitter (R-La.) promoted two staffers and hired one more at the end of January.

Moving up from legislative assistant and systems administrator to senior legislative assistant is Chris Stanley. Prior to joining Vitter’s staff, Stanley worked from 1998 to 2000 for Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.). A native of Niceville, Fla., Stanley graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in political science.

Zak Baig, who has served for the past year as a Vitter legislative correspondent, has been bumped up to legislative assistant. Baig, who hails from Ponchatoula, La., graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in communication and political science.

The new face in Vitter’s office is Staff Assistant Candice Gilly. Gilly, who has previously worked on the staffs of various Pelican State politicians, graduated from Louisiana State University, where she majored in political science.

Team Sweeney Gets New Recruits. Four young 20-somethings are on the move in the office of Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) with three new hires and one promotion this month.

The Congressman’s two new staff assistants are 22-year-old Christopher Amon and 22-year-old Amanda Cernik.

Amon, who will be responsible for constituent correspondence and special projects, is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Fordham University in May 2003 with a degree in political science.

Cernik will assist the chief of staff and maintain office schedules for Sweeney. Cernik, an Albany, N.Y., native, will graduate in May from American University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in political science.

Moving up from special assistant to legislative assistant covering Veterans, Agriculture, Energy and science issues is Bill Rayball, 22. Rayball, who hails from Clifton Park, N.Y., graduated from Providence College with a degree in political science.

Recently picked up as Sweeney’s new scheduler is Abington, Pa., native Victoria Sanville. Sanville, 25, will not only handle the Congressman’s schedule, but will also coordinate office interns and handle systems administration. Before coming to Sweeney’s office, Sanville worked in the offices of then-Rep. George Gekas (R-Pa.) and on the Congressional campaign of Melissa Brown (R). She also worked as an appropriations legislative aide for the Russ Reid Co. before coming to the Hill.

Sanville is a 2001 graduate of Syracuse University and holds degrees in economics and political science.