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Even though retiring Sen. Fritz Hollings’ (D-S.C.) time in Congress is coming to an end, some of his staffers are still moving up in his Capitol Hill office.

Brian Nagle, 27, recently received the nod to become the Senator’s legislative director. The Hollings staffer since 1999 has served the Senator as a legislative correspondent and legislative assistant. Before coming to the Hill, Nagle was a researcher for Fletcher, Rowley and Chao. The Vanderbilt University graduate holds a political science degree and hails from Columbia, S.C.

Moving up from legislative correspondent to legislative assistant for military and defense issues is Brooks Haselden, 26. A Hollings staffer since he joined the office in 2001 as a staff assistant, Haselden is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a degree in economics. He calls Clover, S.C., his home.

Rising Star in Lone Star State. Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas) has given Legislative Correspondent Christina Clayton the nod to move up to legislative assistant covering agriculture, telecommunications, veterans affairs, environment, housing, budget, postal, science, campaign finance and judiciary issues.

Clayton, 24, has been with Granger’s office since she began as a staff assistant in 2002. The Dallas native graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor’s in business administration.

Heading Home. Schorr Johnson, press secretary for Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), will return to his home state in May to serve as communications director for the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Johnson, 27, has worked for Watt since 1999 and spent the past four years as the Congressman’s press secretary. The Statesville, N.C., native graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will begin his new post on May 10.

Holding Down the Fort. Murat Gokcigdem has stepped up to handle staff administration responsibilities on an interim basis in Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Texas) office. He is now the Congresswoman’s acting chief of staff/legislative director.

Before serving in Johnson’s office, Gokcigdem served for a decade in former Rep. Tom Barrett’s (D-Wis.) office. The West Virginia University graduate also served for a year in then-Rep. Jim Moody’s (D-Wis.) office after graduation. Gokcigdem, 40, holds a master’s degree in public policy/political science and calls Palo Alto, Calif., his home.

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