Rep. Hensarling aides mostly flock from the Lone Star State

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling has been busy promoting and hiring new staff for his office. In all, the congressman has made four personnel changes in recent weeks.

Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling has been busy promoting and hiring new staff for his office. In all, the congressman has made four personnel changes in recent weeks.

Hensarling promoted Kyle Jackson from legislative correspondent to legislative assistant. He also promoted assistant Jamie Notman into the position of senior legislative assistant. Notman, who has worked for the congressman since 2005, will take care of his Financial Services Committee portfolio.

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Legislative assistants to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), from left, John Martin, Kyle Jackson and Jamie Notman.


Jackson hails from Brownfield, Texas, just southwest of Lubbock. The 24-year-old Texas Tech grad works on agricultural issues for the congressman. Jackson’s family has been in agriculture in West Texas for three generations, running cotton and peanut farms.

Jackson came to Hensarling’s office from the office of fellow Texan Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R), where he started his career on the Hill in July 2004 as a legislative correspondent. Jackson moved to Hensarling’s staff the following year.

When he is not working, Jackson “enjoys his friends, discussing politics and watching sports.” He mostly follows college sports, especially Texas Tech, but also follows the Houston Texans.

Hensarling has looked outside his office to fill staff positions as well. Stephen Sepp is Hensarling’s new legislative director. Sepp, who is from Arlington, Texas, graduated from the University of North Texas. He previously worked for Texas Republican Sens. Phil Gramm and John Cornyn. He will put his conservative-Texan experience to work on issues such as budget, taxes and Social Security.

Another new hire is John Martin as a legislative assistant, from the office of Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, where he had worked for a year and a half. Martin also worked for a two and a half months on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Martin grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a major in politics. He follows his hometown sports teams and was ecstatic this year when the Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl.

When Martin is not busy working on budget, healthcare, defense and homeland security, he enjoys taking it easy. That means reading, Martin said. He likes to stick to history and politics, and right now he is reading Alexander Hamilton by Richard Brookhiser.

While Martin does not hail from Texas like many of his co-workers, he does have one thing in common with his boss and his colleagues: “I like my country music,” Martin said.