Durbin’s senior spokesman to depart Senate

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Wednesday his longtime director of communications, Joe Shoemaker, will leave his office for a job in the private sector.
Durbin lauded his aide, a native of Taylorville, Ill., for two decades of service on Capitol Hill.


“To say that we’ll miss Joe Shoemaker is an understatement,” Durbin said in a statement. “Joe is one of the best communications and message people in the business, and I’ve been lucky to have him as a trusted advisor for nearly a decade. His knowledge, experience and loyalty will be sorely missed, not only by me, but by the entire Democratic Caucus, and I thank him deeply for his service.”
Shoemaker, who plans to leave at month’s end, said he was grateful for the opportunity to work with Durbin.
“I have been fortunate for the last ten years to work for a senator who strove to elevate the debate, to engage those on the other side of the aisle, cut to the heart of the big issues and to represent his state and this nation in the finest tradition of public service,” Shoemaker said in a statement. “I could not have asked to work for a better boss and mentor. It has been a genuine honor and privilege to be a part of Senator Durbin’s staff.”
Shoemaker has served as communications director since 2001 and has worked closely with the Senate Democrats’ communications war room.
Shoemaker is the third senior staff member of the Senate Democratic leadership’s communications team to announce a departure in recent weeks.
Jim Manley, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former press secretary, left at the end of last year. Rodell Mollineau, staff director of the Senate Democratic Communications Center, announced his plans to leave the Hill earlier this month.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), vice-chairman of the Senate Democratic conference, is taking over the communications strategy.
Schumer will serve as chairman of the newly created Democratic Policy and Communications Center, created by merging the Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Democratic Communications Center.
Katie Beirne will serve as staff director of the new office, and Jon Summers, who handled Nevada press for Reid in 2010, will serve as communications director.
Brian Fallon, who has worked for Schumer since 2007, will handle the responsibilities of chief spokesman for the Democratic Policy and Communications Center.
Max Gleischman and Christina Mulka will expand their roles in Durbin’s press office. Gleischman will serve as acting communications director in charge of day-to-day media operations. Mulka will serve as deputy communications director.