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Boehner hires new press secretary

Boehner hires new press secretary
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Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCan the GOP break its addiction to show biz? House conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken' MORE (R-Ohio) has a new press secretary.

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The Ohio Republican hired Emily Schillinger, a Capitol Hill and White House veteran who most recently led communications for the Senate Republican Policy Committee and its chairman, Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday Nomination hearing for Biden Energy pick Granholm set for Wednesday Trump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday MORE (Wyo.).

Schillinger, who also served in communications roles in the George W. Bush administration and U.S. House, replaced Michael Steel, the longtime BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCan the GOP break its addiction to show biz? House conservatives plot to oust Liz Cheney Ex-Speaker Boehner after Capitol violence: 'The GOP must awaken' MORE press secretary who recently took a job with one of Jeb Bush’s political action committees.

“Emily Schillinger is one of the most talented and well-respected spokespeople in Washington,” Boehner said in a statement. “She brings to Boehnerland a wealth of experience at the center of high-profile debates, and we are fortunate to have her on the team.”

Before joining Barrasso, the No. 4 Senate Republican, Schillinger served as communications director for the House Natural Resources Committee under Chairman Doc HastingsRichard (Doc) Norman HastingsCongress just resolved a 20-year debate over Neolithic remains Boehner hires new press secretary GOP plots new course on Endangered Species Act reform MORE (R-Wash.); as press secretary for the Commerce Department in the George W. Bush administration; and as assistant press secretary to Bush.

She also worked as communications director for conservative Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonTop Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results South Carolina governor's wife tests positive for coronavirus MORE (R-S.C.).

For the past five years, Schillinger has been a “unflappable spokesperson” for Barrasso, the senator said.

“We asked a lot of her, but no matter what was sent her way she handled it with poise and professionalism. She puts her responsibility to be open and accurate with the public and the press first, and she’s trusted on Capitol Hill because of it,” Barrasso said in a statement.

“I’m going to miss Emily’s good judgment, extraordinary talent and even more her relentless good humor no matter the circumstances.”

Schillinger joins Kevin Smith and Cory Fritz in the Boehner press shop.