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Baird Makes Bunches of Moves

The changes at the office of Rep Brian Baird (D-Wash.) are coming fast and furious these days. All told, 13 of Baird’s staffers will be moving in, up or out.

Baird has promoted 25-year-old Grant Blume to the position of legislative assistant. The Eugene, Ore., native has worked for Baird since March 2004 as a legislative aide. He graduated from University of Oregon in 2001 with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and geography.

[IMGCAP(1)]Andrew Dohrmann of Olympia, Wash., became Baird’s executive assistant in November 2004. At age 23, he has been promoted to legislative aide. Dohrmann earned his bachelor’s in political science from Western Washington University in 2004.

Replacing Dohrmann as executive assistant is Rachel Brehm, 23, who has been promoted from staff assistant, a position she has occupied since she began working in Baird’s office in March. Hailing from Redmond, Wash., Brehm is a 2004 graduate of Claremont McKenna College, where she earned her bachelor’s in government and history.

Baird has tapped Hilary Cain as his new legislative director. Cain, a 28-year-old Californian, brings to Baird’s office her experience as Ways and Means counsel for Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas).

She is a graduate of the University of Washington and earned both her master’s in public affairs and her J.D. from the University of Texas.

Justin Worrell, a former field organizer during Baird’s 2004 Congressional campaign, has been hired as a new legislative correspondent. A native of Olympia, Wash., Worrell majored in political science and minored in international relations at St. Martin’s College, where he graduated in 2004.

Tory Foss, a new staff assistant, comes to Baird’s office from the private sector, where he worked as an executive assistant for McBee Strategic Consulting and a telesales agent for Foss, 26, is a 2001 graduate of Western Washington University, where he earned his bachelor’s in business management. He hails from Tacoma, Wash.

Rounding out the list of Baird’s new hires is 26-year-old Meghan O’Shaughnessy, who will serve as the Congressman’s new communications director. A native of Plymouth, Mass., O’Shaughnessy arrives on Capitol Hill after working for Piscitelli Strategies, a media consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. She earned her bachelor’s in communication and political science from Marist College in 2001 her master’s in political communication from the University of Maryland in 2004.

Katie Stevens, a new legislative assistant, joined Baird’s office last January after spending a year and a half working for former Rep. Cal Dooley (D-Calif.). In 2001 she earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Southern California.

Qingsi Li has journeyed all the way from China to join Baird’s office as a Congressional fellow. He will return to his home country in August.

This flurry of promotions and new hires was occasioned in part by the departures of four Baird staffers, three of whom are leaving to continue their schooling. Paula Berg, Baird’s senior legislative assistant for the past three years, leaves to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Florida. Ivan Kaplan moves on to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Chicago after three years as a legislative director. After two years as a legislative assistant to Baird, Michael Canning leaves to pursue a law degree at the University of Maryland. Kerry McHugh, the fourth staff departure, leaves after a year and a half to teach English in Vietnam. She served as Baird’s legislative correspondent.

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