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 BurgessOvernight Regulation: Senate passes Dodd-Frank rollback | SEC charges Theranos CEO with 'massive fraud' | Former Equifax exec charged with insider trading | FEC proposes changing digital ad rules Overnight Health Care: CEO of insurer lobby group stepping down | SEC charges Theranos founder with 'massive fraud' | Abortion fight holds up health deal House panel to examine 25 opioid bills next week 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 CarperWarren turns focus to Kushner’s loans Overnight Energy: Dems probe EPA security contract | GAO expands inquiry into EPA advisory boards | Dems want more time to comment on drilling plan Overnight Regulation: Senate takes first step to passing Dodd-Frank rollback | House passes bill requiring frequent reviews of financial regs | Conservatives want new checks on IRS rules 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.