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Shaw Adds to Staff

Shaw Adds to Staff. Gail Gitcho, 25, is taking over as communications director for Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.). Previously the communications director for Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.), Gitcho replaces outgoing director Wendy Rosen in Shaw’s office.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Gitcho attended Ripon College in Wisconsin as an undergraduate. She graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s in political communications. Moving to Colorado State for her graduate work, she was awarded a master’s in political communications in 2003.

Shakeup at the RSC. There were a number of changes at the Republican Study Committee last week. Chairwoman Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) shuffled up her staff following the departure of RSC Executive Director Neil Bradley, who is moving to the office of Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).

Sheila Moloney has taken over for Bradley. Moloney is more than familiar with the operation of the RSC, an organization of 90 House Republicans dedicated to advancing conservative fiscal and social issues, since she has spent the past four years as its policy director.

Raised in Columbus, Ohio, Moloney graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in government and political philosophy and is a “die-hard Fightin’ Irish fan.” Before joining the RSC, she was the executive director of Eagle Forum, a lobbyist for the Family Research Council, and an assistant editor at the Heritage Foundation.

Replacing Moloney as policy director is Lisa Bos, 29. Previously the director of the RSC’s Education Reform Project and senior legislative assistant for Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), Bos will now focus her energies on education, health care and labor issues.

A graduate of Hope College in Michigan, she holds a bachelor’s in political science and history. A Michigander born and raised, Bos comes to Washington from Zeeland.

Paul Teller, 33, takes over for Bos as deputy director of the RSC. He worked on the Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992 and was a research associate at the National Center for Public Policy Research for a brief period.

Graduating cum laude from Duke University in 1993 with a bachelor’s in political science, the Blue Devil then moved on to a Ph.D. program at American University. His dissertation was completed in 1999 and focused on “how the ideological distance between U.S. Senators from the same state affects representation.” Shortly after being awarded his Ph.D, he joined the staff of Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Calif.), then moved to the RSC in 2001 where he became legislative director.

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