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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) last week chose Matthew Miller to take over as communications director for organization.

Miller, 30, has a great deal of experience in politics, both in the private and public sector. From 1999 to 2004 he worked for Public Strategies Inc., a Texas-based public affairs firm. Before that, he served as the communications director for the Connecticut Democratic coordinated campaign and as deputy press secretary for Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) re-election campaign in 1998. He has also worked for two Texans, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D) as a legislative assistant and on the 1996 campaign of Rep. Chet Edwards (D).

The Amarillo, Texas, native graduated from the University of Texas in 1996. Miller takes over for Andrew Kauders, who was recently promoted to executive director of the Caucus.

Myrick Hires One, Promotes Two. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) has made a number of moves around her personal office recently.

Sarah Hale, 22, has been promoted to legislative assistant. Previously, Hale

served as legislative correspondent in Myrick’s office; she will now handle issues related to health, family issues, the Interior and welfare, as well as a few other issues.

Hale graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a bachelor’s in government and economics. She is a native of Silver Spring, Md.

Jordan Moon, 24, has been promoted to legislative correspondent from staff assistant. Moon is a native of Belmont, N.C., and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2003 with a bachelor’s in corporate communication.

Becca Midkiff has been hired to fill the role of staff assistant vacated by Moon. Midkiff, 26, hails from Winston-Salem, N.C., and graduated from Salem College with a bachelor’s in English. [IMGCAP(1)]

Hinojosa Hires Staffers. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) filled out his Washington, D.C., office recently with three new hires.

Ricardo Contreras has been picked up as a legislative correspondent and systems administrator. Previously, he had worked in Hinojosa’s district office as a constituent services representative. He has also served in the AmeriCorps program as director for communities in schools of Hidalgo.

Contreras graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin with a bachelor’s in international business and Spanish.

Ciaran Clayton has come on board as a press secretary. Clayton, 28, previously worked for Witeck-Combs Communications. The Solana Beach, Calif., native graduated from the University of San Diego in 1998 with a bachelor’s in English.

Dustin Bryant, 23, joins the staff as the latest intern from Texas A&M University’s Agriculture Policy internship program, which combines staff assistant duties with serving as a liaison on all agriculture related issues. A native of Gainesville, Texas, Bryant recently graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s in agriculture development.

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