By Kate Oczypok - 02/10/09 04:14 PM EST
Amber Wilkerson began her job as national press secretary for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) on Feb. 2. Her job transition has been smooth, thanks to communications director Brian Walsh, she said.
Wilkerson enjoys working in a smaller office where people can be more agile getting out their message through traditional and new media. “While I miss the Starbucks on Pennsylvania Avenue that fed my caffeine habit in 2008, I’m thankful that the garage at the NRSC means no more dodging the overzealous D.C. ticket attendant who patrols the House side,” Wilkerson said.
Prior to taking her new position, Wilkerson served as the deputy press secretary for the RNC, and before that served as the RNC’s Southeast Regional Press Secretary. “The person I miss most at the RNC is Brian Walton, who made the long days of the campaign entertaining before he made a career change to teach Spanish in California last month,” she said.
Justin Harding began his new position as chief of staff for Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzOversight leaders to probe Social Security defenses House approves funding for DC school vouchers The Trail 2016: Trump applies presidential polish, Cruz adds VP MORE (R-Utah) in January.
Harding enjoys getting to start on the ground floor with a new member. “It’s the satisfaction that comes from working with another dedicated team … albeit in a different and expanded role,” he said.
He was previously legislative director for Rep. Rob BishopRob BishopBishop eyes new Puerto Rico bill after recess House defense panel votes to keep sage-grouse off endangered list Lew on Puerto Rico: 'The crisis is now' MORE (R-Utah). Harding said he misses Bishop’s sense of humor, as well as his former colleagues.
If he wasn’t working on Capitol Hill, Harding said, he probably wouldn’t be working. “Given the state of the economy, it’s pretty tough out there right now,” he said. “It’s good to be gainfully employed, and even better to be gainfully employed doing what you love.”
Engagements and Births
FORMER COLLINS AIDE TAKES OUT AD FOR ENGAGEMENT: Seth Colton, former aide to Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsLarry Wilmore, Sting party in DC ahead of WHCD GOP women push Trump on VP pick Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE (R-Maine), got engaged on New Year’s Eve in Hendersonville, N.C. His fiancee is Christina Miller, a fundraiser for the Center for Independent Media. Colton proposed by placing an advertisement in the Hendersonville newspaper.
“We went to go read by a lake and she saw the advertisement in the paper and said yes,” Colton said.
The two plan to marry in May 2010 in Hendersonville. Colton now works in Republican fundraising.
BILBRAY LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT
WELCOMES FIRST CHILD: Robert Boland welcomed the birth of his first child, Elizabeth Ellen, pictured at right, on Feb. 3. Boland is a senior legislative assistant in defense issues and veterans’ affairs for Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.). Boland and his wife, who is a kindergarten teacher, said Elizabeth is a fantastic baby.
“Everyone in Bilbray’s office has been so supportive,” Boland said. “Bilbray has five children himself, so he understands.”