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She’s a Barbie Girl in a Congressional World

On Oct. 31, Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) will employ a Jeff Gordon Barbie doll. [IMGCAP(1)]

That is what Grace Webster, Coble’s new constituent liaison, plans on dressing up as for Halloween. Apparently, her friends are taking on the night by dressing up as different types of Barbies, and she will be impersonating the famed NASCAR driver version.

(Hill Climbers plans on being a zombie.)

Webster, 22, graduated this year from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in public policy, focusing on international policy. While a Tar Heel student, Webster was a part of both the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Roosevelt Institution, a progressive student think tank.

From Matthews, N.C., Webster is now responsible for tours, flag requests, promotional materials, intern programs and mail distribution. She is looking forward to continuing her work on the Hill in the years to come and appreciates Coble’s office because of its “great working atmosphere.”

She also likes the genuine North Carolina peanuts in Coble’s office.

Betsy Huffine is Coble’s new executive assistant, after spending a year with a marketing company in Wilmington, N.C. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in ’06, where she earned a degree in business with a concentration in marketing. She was previously the Washington scheduler for Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.). Now she is in charge of Coble’s scheduling, as well as personal correspondence, office management and Web site maintenance.

Huffine, 23, is originally from Greensboro, N.C. She enjoys playing tennis, working out, and thinks her job is a good way to “work for my hometown issues,” as she is from Coble’s district.


Veteran Staffer. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has hired Stacie Oliver as legislative assistant for defense, veterans and foreign policy. She is well-qualified for the job, with experience handling similar issues in the offices of Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and then-Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).

She has a bachelor’s in international studies from Otterbein College, a master’s in education from the College of William and Mary and currently is working on her master’s in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Oliver works as a family liaison officer for her husband’s military unit, giving her time to support the families of sailors that her husband leads. For these efforts she received the 2006 Military Coalition Freedom Award, recognizing her contributions to supporting the military.

“We are very proud to welcome Stacie to our team,” Corker said in a statement. “She brings with her a very personal conviction and commitment to our nation’s veterans and military families, and a proven ability to draft and pass legislation on their behalf.”

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