Cantor to Announce Top Staffers

Posted December 9, 2008 at 5:21pm

Incoming House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is expected to announce his top staff appointments on Wednesday, a list that will include members of his predecessor’s team.

Kyle Nevins, who has served as director of floor operations since 2007 for outgoing Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), will stay with Cantor to head up the House floor team.

Cantor will also retain Blunt’s policy adviser, Neil Bradley, who has served in that role since 2004.

Steve Stombres, who served as Cantor’s chief of staff in the office of the Chief Deputy Whip, will become chief of staff in the Minority Whip’s office. Kristi Way, Cantor’s former district director, will assume the chief of staff position in Cantor’s personal office. Rob Collins, Cantor’s director of communications, will serve as the deputy chief of staff.

Bill Dolbow, Cantor’s former legislative director and deputy chief of staff, will serve as Cantor’s senior adviser in the Whip’s office. Cantor staffer Valerie Nelson will serve as the director of administration.

Director of Grass Roots Jeff Burton hails from the office of Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), where he was the chief of staff since Conaway was elected in 2004.

Incoming Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) announced his top staff on Monday. Before joining Pence’s office, Chief of Staff Marc Short served as the top aide to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas). Josh Pitcock, who served as Pence’s deputy chief of staff in the Indiana Republican’s personal office, will assume the same role in the Conference office. Russell Vought, formerly the executive director of the Republican Study Committee for Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), will join the Republican Conference as the policy director.

Pence also took on a member of Blunt’s staff. Melanie Looney, who served as counsel and policy adviser for Blunt, has been hired to serve as the director of coalitions and general counsel for Pence.