Announcements - June 10, 2009

Kingston’s office brings on southern belle: Whitney Thompson, new press staffer to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), hails from Texas. Thompson, a graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, worked with Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessHouse approves 'right to try,' sends bill to Trump's desk Overnight Health Care: New allegations against VA nominee | Dems worry House moving too fast on opioid bills | HHS chief back in DC | FDA reexamines safety of controversial Parkinson's drug Top Dems on Energy and Commerce panel concerned House opioid push moving too quickly MORE (R-Texas) before heading to D.C.

While in college, Thompson produced a morning radio show for Clear Channel and was an on-air reporter for Fox San Antonio. Working for Rep. Kingston, Thompson enjoys educating constituents about policy and how it affects their lives.

In her free time, Thompson and her boyfriend enjoy traveling and watching sports.

Agriculture Committee staffer moves to St. Paul: Kristin Sosanie moves to St. Paul, Minn., this week to become deputy director of communications for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Sosanie said it was a privilege to work for three and a half years for Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and the rest of the Agriculture Committee staff. For all Ag press- or schedule-related inquiries, contact April Slayton at 202-225-6872 or Scott Kuschmider at 202-225-1496.

PetroAlgae announces new sales team: PetroAlgae announced last week the addition of nine senior international sales executives. Their task includes identifying licenses for PetroAlgae’s process, which involves growing, harvesting and converting micro-crops into diesel fuel. Some licenses could include vertically integrated national oil companies as well as private oil companies and large landowners. The execs have worked for BP, ConocoPhillips, Cargil, Trinity Industries, Merrill Lynch and Syngenta.

Sen. Carper staff members find love: Emily Cunningham married Tim Winstead on May 16 on the beach in Rehoboth, Del. Cunningham and Winstead met working together in Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperHillicon Valley: Sweeping new data rules take effect | Facebook, Google already hit with complaints | Schumer slams reported ZTE deal | Senators look to save cyber post | Dem wants answers about Trump's phone security Senator asks Pentagon again for info on Trump's cellphone security Senate Dems to Mnuchin: Don't index capital gains to inflation MORE’s (D-Del.) office. Cunningham is the senator’s press secretary and Winstead is his Sussex County director. Winstead is retired from the Delaware State Police.