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Hodes Gets New Staff Director

“If it’s not on C-SPAN or NESN, I haven’t seen it,” said Matt Robison, a 33-year-old New York City native.

Sans the reference to the New England Sports Network, this statement is fitting for the new chief of staff for Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.). Robison brings a host of experience to the job, having worked as a legislative director for former Rep. John Baldacci (D-Maine) and a legislative director and deputy chief of staff for Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine). He earned a master’s degree in public policy in 2001 from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1996. [IMGCAP(1)]

When it comes to Robison’s goals, it becomes clearer where NESN fits in. At the top of his list: to have the Red Sox reign as World Series Champions from 2008 to 2012. And he always has secretly wanted to become assistant coach for the Celtics.

He was close to having to actually pursue that job, given the faux pas that he shared with Climbers in an interview.

“Years ago,” Robison said, he “nearly spill[ed] coffee on a certain member in my first day staffing the Committee on Transportation.”

Good to see he’s still up and at ’em.

Hodes has made a few other staff changes, including making Brooke Borkenhagen a press assistant. Borkenhagen, who was based in Keene, N.H., for Hodes’ 2006 Congressional campaign and then became his staff assistant and deputy scheduler, will now serve as the main point of contact for media inquiries.

Leigh Marthe is Hodes’ new community representative, heading up the constituent service operation in Keene. Marthe is a 20-year veteran of higher education, working in various colleges and student affairs departments, and is currently working to earn a Ph.D. in education from Capella University. Laurie

Goodman is the other community representative, coming to the office from a “well-rounded” career in marketing, education and health care. She most recently worked as an area marketing manager for Borders Inc.

Crapo Promotes, Hires in Idaho. Sen. Mike Crapo (R) has made several changes to his Idaho-based staff. Jennifer Beier has transferred from a staff assistant position in the north- central regional office in Lewiston to the Idaho state office in Boise, where she is a constituent service representative. She is now in charge of casework involving federal agencies and managing the state internship program. Beier recently graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a degree in business administration.

Katie Shewmaker is now the south- central regional director in Twin Falls, after spending 16 months there as staff assistant. A Twin Falls native, Shewmaker earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming in 1998. She will take charge of the Magic Valley area.

In a month, Peter D. Stegner will begin working as a staff assistant in the north- central regional office in Lewiston, where he will take charge of constituent services and casework. Stegner has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Idaho and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho. Janice Wilcox also will be a staff assistant in the north Idaho regional office in Coeur d’Alene. She is passionate about volunteering, having given her time to the Rathdrum Area Chamber of Commerce, the Twin Lakes Association, the Rathdrum Historical Society, the Red Cross and local schools. Her new duties with Crapo include casework and constituent services.

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