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Moore Office Changes

Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) announced the hiring of two new staffers before the elections.

Andrew Shaw, 24, has been hired as a staff assistant. He previously worked in the Congressman’s Overland Park district office as executive assistant and office manager.

A native of Moore’s district, Shaw attended high school in Overland Park. He received a bachelor’s in political science and history in 2002, and a master’s in history in 2003, from Tulane University.

When asked about joining the Washington office, Shaw said that he looks “forward to building upon the knowledge and experience I gained while working in the district office.”

Peter Kay has been brought aboard as a legislative correspondent. He will be responsible for responding to constituent letters, faxes, phone calls and e-mails.

Originally coming to Washington, D.C., as part of the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics Internship Program at the University of Kansas, Kay now joins Moore’s staff in a professional facet. He graduated with a bachelor’s in political science from the university in 2004. Kay is a native of Ottawa, Kan.

Foxx Selects Chief. Incoming Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has made her choice for chief of staff.

Richard Hudson, 33, has been tapped to run the Member-elect’s office. He has served as deputy chief of staff and district director for Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) since 1999, and prior to that he was communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party. Hudson has also managed several campaigns in the state, including Hayes’ last two re-election efforts.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., Hudson stayed in the state to receive his education. He graduated with a bachelor’s in history and political science from the University of North Carolina in 1996. While at UNC, Hudson served as president of the student body.

McMorris Picks Partoyan.[IMGCAP(1)] Member-elect Cathy McMorris (R-Wash.) has chosen the chief of staff for her Washington, D.C., office.

Connie Partoyan, 35, has been brought on board. In her role as chief of staff, she will be in charge of hiring the rest of the office’s staff and, once the session starts, managing the day-to-day operations of the office.

Although she is currently employed by the Preston Gates Ellis law and lobbying firm, Partoyan has many years of experience in Washington politics.

She worked for then-Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.) as deputy press secretary and chief of staff for then-Rep. Rick White (R-Wash.). In all, she has eight years of experience in the nation’s capital.

Partoyan graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., in 1991 with a bachelor’s in business administration. Her hometown is Spokane, Wash.

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