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Chandler Chooses Two

Rep. Ben Chandler (D-Ky.) has hired two new assistants for his Washington, D.C., office.

Alexis Rickher, 24, has been brought on board as legislative assistant for the Representative. She will focus on agriculture, health care, labor, Social Security, veterans, government affairs, the judiciary, Congress and elections.

Previously Rickher worked for Rep. Robert Matsui (D-Calif.) as a legislative correspondent, staff assistant and intern. The Martinez, Calif., native graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s in political science in 2002.

Keri Kohler has been hired as Chandler’s executive assistant. She will be in charge of the Representative’s scheduling. Prior to joining Chandler’s office, Kohler worked in the Law Offices of John T. Rourke, and for Rep. Tom Barrett (D-Wis.) as a staff assistant and legislative assistant.

Kohler earned a bachelor’s from Marquette University in Milwaukee, in 2001. The 25-year-old is a native of Gurnee, Ill.

Foley Promotes Three, Hires One. Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) has made some changes around his office, hiring a new communications director and promoting an aide to chief of staff.

Don Kiselewski, 37, has been promoted to Foley’s chief of staff. Before joining the Representative in 1994, he worked for Foley’s predecessor, Rep. Tom Lewis (R), for four years.

Kiselewski hails from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and will continue to work out of the district office. He graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in 1989 and earned a master’s in business administration from Florida Atlantic University in 1995.

Jason Kello, 26, has been hired as the office’s communications director. Kello had been a speechwriter for Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) and worked in the sheriff’s office for Henrico County in Richmond, Va., before that.

A native of Courtland, Va., Kello graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1999 with a bachelor’s in political science. He is a veteran of a number of campaigns, including Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) first election in 2000.

Elizabeth Nicolson has been promoted to deputy chief of staff. Since Kiselewski is staying in the district office, Nicolson will head up the Washington office. She has worked in D.C. since 1985 in various offices as a legislative aide and press secretary. She has a bachelor’s in communications from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Bradley Schreiber has been promoted to legislative director and counsel. The Cedarhurst, N.Y., native spent three years as a clerk for the Ways and Means Committee. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Hartford and a law degree from New York University.

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