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 ChaffetzTrump's first dinner out in DC: His own hotel DC residents back Utah rep's primary challenger If Democrats want to take back the White House start now 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 BishopA guide to the committees: House Public lands dispute costs Utah a major trade show House votes to overturn Obama drilling rule 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 CollinsLeaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood GOP lawmaker at town hall calls on Trump to release his tax returns GOP senator won't vote to defund Planned Parenthood 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.”