Announcements October 28, 2009

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) announced three new staff members in his D.C. office. All three graduated in 2009.

Kramer Schmidt:  Schmidt was recently hired as a legislative correspondent. He is a Covington, La., native and graduated from Tulane University, where he majored in political science. He previously interned for then-Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-La.).

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Stephen Bell:  Bell, also a Louisiana native, is the new press assistant. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree. Bell previously interned for Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyLobbying world Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership MORE Jr. (R-La.).

Emily Wauford: Wauford has been hired as a staff assistant. She graduated from Notre Dame and majored in political science and romance languages. She previously interned for Rep. Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE (R-Va.).

Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee welcomes new senior professional staff member:

Michael Rodriguez joined the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee as part of its senior professional staff, focusing on marine safety and also assisting with developing policy for the maritime industry.

Rodriguez comes to the subcommittee from the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, where he was executive assistant to the international president since 2001. Rodriguez also supervised training of midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and taught classes to military personnel and industry professionals for several years. He is currently a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, earning the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Ribbon while on active duty in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2006.

BIRTHS

House aviation subcommittee staff director welcomes new daughter Kate

Giles Giovinazzi, staff director of the House Aviation subcommittee, and wife Jolynn Shoemaker welcomed new daughter Kathryn (Kate) Maribel Giovinazzi on Oct. 5. Kate was born at Inova Hospital in Alexandria.

Giovinazzi returned to Capitol Hill in January after a year of active duty in the Navy Reserve. Giovinazzi served nine months of that duty as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

Giovinazzi and family live in Fairfax.

BIRTHDAYS

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) — Oct. 28, 1957 — age 52

Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeDeVos grilled on civil rights for students Farm bill abandons endangered wildlife House rejects effort to condemn lawmaker for demanding 'Dreamer' arrests MORE (D-Ohio) — Oct. 29, 1952 — age 57

Rep. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D-Iowa) — Oct. 30, 1957 — age 52

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) — Oct. 30, 1953 — age 56

Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) — Oct. 30, 1951 — age 58

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) — Nov. 1, 1953 — age 56

Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) — Nov. 1, 1942 — age 67

Rep. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem lawmaker calls on Nielsen to resign over ‘volume of lies’ about family separations Dem senator calls GOP 'gutless' for not doing more to stop family separations Dems accuse Interior of holding up key grants MORE (D-Hawaii) — Nov. 3, 1947 — age 62