Freshman Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has finished choosing the staff for his Washington, D.C., office.
Samantha Jordan has been tapped to serve as chief of staff. A veteran of Capitol Hill, Jordan spent almost 10 years in the office of Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) before serving as the press secretary for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Jordan calls Fort Worth, Texas, her hometown, and she graduated from Texas A&M University in 1994 with a bachelor’s in history.
Michael Tomberlin comes on board as legislative director. Prior to joining Gohmert’s staff, Tomberlin was the manager of committee relations for the House Republican Conference, and he also spent time on the policy staff of then-House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas).
As legislative director, he will handle issues related to Social Security, telecommunications, foreign affairs, trade and the judiciary. Tomberlin hails from Crystal River, Fla., and graduated from Brewton-Parker College in 1999 with a bachelor’s in psychology.
Amos Snead will work as press secretary and has previously served on the press staffs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Dittus Communications. The Centre, Ala., native graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2002 with a bachelor’s in political science.
Ashley Hurt Callen joins the staff as a senior legislative assistant. Previously, she worked for then-Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) full time while going to law school at night, and she served as a law clerk in the Air Force’s general counsel office.
She will cover issues related to defense, veterans, homeland security, intelligence and small business. Callen graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1999 with a bachelor’s in English, and from George Mason’s
School of Law in 2002. She hails from Beaumont, S.C.
Brian Carl has been brought on board as a legislative assistant. Carl has worked with Gohmert since his Congressional campaign, when he served as organizational director. Before working for Gohmert, Carl worked as a legislative aide for State Rep. Leo Berman (R).
He will handle the fields of health, transportation, energy, resources and agriculture for Gohmert. A native of Tyler, Texas, Carl graduated from the University of Texas in 2003 with a bachelor’s in political science.
Lauren Huly joins the staff as Gohmert’s scheduler. The Washington, D.C., native previously worked for Epiphany Productions. She received a bachelor’s in communications from Texas A&M in 2004.
Phillip Smith will serve as legislative correspondent for the office. Before joining Gohmert’s staff, Smith worked for Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). Smith hails from Brownsboro, Texas, and received a bachelor’s in agricultural economics from Texas A&M in 2004.
Justin Tanner also served on the Gohmert campaign, working as his travel aide. He now joins the office as a staff assistant/systems administrator. Tanner calls Big Sandy, Texas, home.
Drew Kent, also from Tyler, Texas, will serve as an assistant to the legislative staff. Kent graduated from Boston College in 2003 with a bachelor’s in political science.