Garret Fahy, 22, has been promoted from staff assistant to administrative manager in the Senate Republican Conference. Fahy’s new responsibilities will include managing payroll, salaries, expenditures, financial accounts, hiring and directing interns, assisting with communications, and keeping the office plants alive.
Graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2004 with a bachelors degree in history and political science, Fahy interned with the SRC in the fall of 2003, and originally was hired in May 2004. Fahy is a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Jefferson Hires Three. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) has hired three new staff members in his Washington, D.C., office.
Nicole Venable replaces longtime Chief of Staff Lionel Collins. Venable will oversee all daily operations in the Congressman’s office. She will be in charge of staffing, budget, communications, scheduling, legislative strategy, mail and administration. She has a special focus on developing legislative initiatives within the Ways and Means and Committee.
Venable has a great deal of experience in the District. For the past two years she worked for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. From 1998 to 2002 she worked for Jefferson as his senior policy adviser, and from 1996 to 1998 she worked in the Clinton administration as Congressional affairs specialist. Venable has also worked for former Sen. Chuck Robb (D-Va.) and former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.).
About Venable’s return to his office, Jefferson said he is “confident that Nicole will seamlessly assume the duties of chief of staff” from the departed Collins. “I am very pleased to have her on my staff again.”[IMGCAP(1)]
Originally from Newport News, Va., Venable graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Spelman College in 1991. She then got a master’s in international economics and American foreign policy from the Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1993.
Traci Vincent has been brought on board as the new legislative correspondent. She was previously a staff assistant to Rep. Chris John (D-La.) and legislative correspondent to Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La.), then a Democrat.
The 23-year-old graduated from Louisiana State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. She hails from Baton Rouge, La.
Jack Swetland, 22, has been hired as a new staff assistant. He replaces Nadra Harrison. His legislative duties include defense/national security, veterans affairs and science/technology.
Swetland is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history this spring. Originally from New Orleans, Swetland is returning to Jefferson’s office after having served as an intern in the summer of 2003.