Announcements - July 1, 2009


Family Planning Association gets new president and CEO: The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association announced Clare Coleman as its new president and CEO. Coleman has been president and CEO of Planned Parenthood for the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York for three years. She previously spent over a dozen years in D.C. working with Democratic and Republican leaders, including Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and former Rep. George Hockbrueckner (D-N.Y.). Coleman also lobbied for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America from 1996 to 1999.


Legislative assistant now father of four girls: Matthew Stroia, legislative assistant for Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), and his wife Andee had twin girls on Feb. 11. Penelope Claire weighed in at 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18 inches long. Phoebe Joan weighed in at 4 pounds, 15 ounces and was 17 inches long. Older sisters Ella and Sophia like to think they each have their own baby doll now.

Military legislative assistant welcomes new daughter: LCDR Axel Spens, military legislative assistant for Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), and wife Susan welcomed daughter Amanda Christine Spens into the family on June 12 at 7:01 p.m. Amanda weighs in at 10 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was born one week early at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. Older brother Adam, 2, likes to try to help his parents change Amanda’s diaper. He also says his baby sister cries a lot.


Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) — July 2, 1939 — age 70
Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderWeek ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets Corker pressed as reelection challenges mount Overnight Health Care: CBO predicts 15 percent ObamaCare premium hike | Trump calls Sanders single-payer plan ‘curse on the US’ | Republican seeks score of Sanders’s bill MORE (R-Tenn.) — July 3, 1940 — age 69
Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) — July 4, 1968 — age 41
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) — July 5, 1947 — age 62
Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) — July 5, 1952 — age 57
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) — July 5, 1966 — age 43
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) — July 5, 1937 — age 72
Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerWeek ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny Senator says he nearly has the votes for ObamaCare repeal GOP braces for Bannon primary attacks MORE (R-Miss.) — July 5, 1951 — age 58