Comings and Goings in Gopher State.

Posted March 2, 2004 at 2:16pm

Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) has made a few legislative staff changes in his office in recent weeks.

Steve Messick, who came to Washington after serving on Kline’s 2000 and 2002 campaigns for Congress, will take a leave from his position as legislative assistant to serve as regional field director for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign in Minnesota.

Taking over Messick’s legislative issues in Kline’s office is Monica Jirik. Jirik, 24, will now handle agriculture, education, energy and social issues for Kline. A native of Eagan, Minn., Jirik has served on Kline’s staff since January 2003. She graduated from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn.

The newest addition to Kline’s office is Dan Adelstein, 49, who will serve as military legislative assistant. Adelstein, who graduated from West Point and served in Special Operations for the Army, most recently worked as a military legislative assistant for then-Rep. Bill Janklow (R-S.D.). In addition to military issues, Adelstein will manage homeland security, government reform and veterans’ issues.

Up the Levin Ladder. [IMGCAP(1)]With a trio of promotions and one new hire, Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-Mich.) office has seen a bit of movement recently.

The newest face in Levin’s office is Legislative Assistant Julie Davis, 31, who will handle tax and budget issues for the Senator as well as work with subcommittee staff. A former legislative counsel for Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Davis also previously worked as a corporate attorney at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston.

Davis, a Stephenville, Texas, native, holds both a bachelor’s and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Moving up from assistant to the chief of staff to deputy office manager and systems administrator is Laura Goldenkranz, 24. Goldenkranz began in Levin’s office as a staff assistant in 2001. The Livingston, N.J., native is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

Former Staff Assistant Alison Warner will assume the role of assistant to the chief of staff from Goldenkranz. Warner, 25, previously worked as a program supervisor for the YWCA. She is a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., who graduated from the University of Michigan with a political science degree.

Rounding out Levin’s promotions is Kata Sybenga, 26, who moved up from data entry specialist to staff assistant. Sybenga is a former Levin intern who came to the Hill in 2003. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native graduated with a degree in business and communications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids.