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Cox Adds Two

Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) announced two additions to his staff before the elections.

Mary Christ, 47, has been hired as the new executive assistant for the Congressman. Prior to joining Cox’s office, Christ worked for Rep. Nick Smith (R-Mich.) as his scheduler. She also has worked for President George H. W. Bush in the departments of Labor and the Interior.

Originally from Alexandria, Va., Christ graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor’s in accounting. She has been involved with the Republican Party for decades, and met her husband during the 1976 presidential campaign.

Colin Tooze, 26, has been hired as Cox’s new legislative assistant. He will handle the policy areas of health care, Social Security, education, homeland security, housing and judiciary matters for the Representative.

Hailing from Wheaton, Ill., Tooze received a bachelor’s in English from the University of Richmond in 1999, and his law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 2002. Before joining Cox, Tooze served as legislative correspondent for Rep. Chris Chocola (R-Ind.).[IMGCAP(1)]

Cox had nothing but kind words for his new employees, saying he is “happy to have them on staff and look forward to the wonderful work they will do.”

IRC Hires One. The International Rescue Committee has hired Anne Richard to be the organization’s new vice president of government relations and advocacy.

Richard brings a wealth of experience to the post. She served two different stints in the State Department, first as senior adviser in the Office of Resources, Plans and Policy from 1995 to 1997, and then as director of that office from 1999 to 2001.

As VP for the IRC, she will be responsible for all aspects of IRC advocacy in respect to their dealings with governments. The group believes in governments helping solve humanitarian problems for refugee groups and other at-risk populations.

Richard graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s in foreign service, and a master’s from the University of Chicago in public policy. She originally is from Riverhead, N.Y., and currently lives in Bethesda, Md., with her husband and two children.

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