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The majority staff of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee has two new additions. John High joined as a staff assistant. His responsibilities include working in the front office, helping out small-business owners who call with questions and performing research for legislative staff.

[IMGCAP(1)]High, 24, is from Holden, Mass., and earned his bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 2006. He focused his studies on political science.

This is High’s first job on Capitol Hill. Before coming to Washington, D.C., he was a mutual fund accountant with State Street Bank in Boston.

He also has internship and volunteer experience in Massachusetts state politics. He was the 2004 J. Moakley Scholar for the Massachusetts Democratic Party and has served in the offices of Massachusetts state Sen. Harriette Chandler (D). He also volunteered for Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign.

And High has experience with the House of Commons in the British Parliament, where he was an overseas researcher for Chris Ruane.

In his spare time, High likes to play pickup soccer, softball and football. Asked for an “interesting/quirky” fact about himself, he noted that he is a huge Red Sox fan. “Some would consider that quirky,” he said in an e-mail. But Climbers is not sure that qualifies, given his Massachusetts background.

High shares his Massachusetts roots with Jeremy Marcus, the new legislative assistant for the committee’s majority

staff. Marcus, 26, is from Brookline, Mass., though he went to California for college.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University. His bachelor’s was in science, technology and society with a minor in psychology, and his master’s was in management science and engineering, with a concentration in technology, policy and strategy.

Marcus’ areas of expertise as legislative assistant are disaster recovery, health care, energy, transportation, patent reform and work force transformation.

He previously worked at the Commerce Department and NASA. He also was a legislative fellow for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

His future goals are to become more involved in Massachusetts politics and possibly run for office. In his spare time he enjoys flag football, softball and participating in his Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

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