Rotating press secretaries adjust to new positions

Press secretaries all over the Hill have been shuffled around in recent weeks.

Heidi Armstrong recently became deputy press secretary for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) hired Jordan Stoick as her new flack, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has brought on Alissa Southworth to be her spokeswoman for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Press secretaries all over the Hill have been shuffled around in recent weeks.

Heidi Armstrong recently became deputy press secretary for House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) hired Jordan Stoick as her new flack, and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has brought on Alissa Southworth to be her spokeswoman for the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Armstrong came to the Speaker’s office from the office of Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), where she had been deputy press secretary for a year. The 24-year-old is a University of Miami graduate with degrees in political science and journalism. She also worked in the Department of Commerce press office for a year. In her spare time she enjoys going for runs.

Capito hired Stoick from the office of Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-Colo.), where Stoick worked for two years as press secretary. Stoick also worked for the Labor Department for a year.

Stoick, a native of Mobridge, S.D., graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in communications and contemporary media. The 27-year-old enjoys rooting for the New York Giants, declaring that he is “perhaps the only Giants fan from South Dakota. Stoick also owns a pontoon boat that he keeps on the Potomac and uses for “social cruises” with friends and his girlfriend of two years.

Southworth joined Collins’s office after working for Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) as his press secretary and legislative assistant. She also worked at the Republican National Committee briefly and for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) when he was majority whip.

Southworth, 29, grew up in the tiny Vermont town of Thetford, which lies on the Vermont-New Hampshire border. She had to cross the bridge and the state line to Hanover every day to go to high school. Her parents owned a Morgan horse farm, which she grew up on. After high school, Southworth attended the University of New Hampshire, where she studied journalism.

When Southworth gets out of the office, she enjoys running and reading. She is in a book group with friends and is reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. Her favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by New Hampshire native John Irving. She enjoys country music, especially Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney.

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