Hoyer Announces Staff Changes

WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2009) – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (Md.-5th) announced today that he has promoted Deputy Floor Director Alexis Covey-Brandt to Floor Director. Covey-Brandt will replace Alejandro Perez, who recently joined the legislative affairs team at the White House. In addition, Hoyer also announced the hiring of John Hughes for the position of Senior Policy Advisor, Amy Schultz for the position of Senior Legislative Assistant, and the promotion of Troy G. Clair to Deputy Director of External Relations.

In announcing the promotion of Covey-Brandt, Hoyer said: “Throughout her six years in my office, Alexis has continually demonstrated her competence and capabilities across a range of responsibilities. Alexis is a tireless worker, and has earned this well-deserved promotion. She knows our Caucus very well, and will be a terrific asset for this office and our Members as Floor Director.”

Covey-Brandt joined Leader Hoyer’s staff in January 2003, when he began his first term as Democratic Whip. She is a graduate of Haverford College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology in African studies. She also studied at the University of Ghana-Accra.

Leader Hoyer also praised the addition of two new staff and promotion of another current staff member: “I am pleased to welcome two new talented professionals to the Majority Leader’s office, John Hughes and Amy Schultz, as well as announce the promotion of Troy Clair, who has been a great asset over the last two years. These individuals bring valued experience and knowledge to their new positions, and I look forward to their contributions to this office and the Democratic Caucus.”

Joining Leader Hoyer’s office as a Senior Policy Advisor is John Hughes, focusing on financial services and trade matters. Hughes most recently served as Counsel to the House Financial Services Committee. Leader Hoyer also announced that Amy Schultz will be the new Senior Legislative Assistant. Schultz most recently served as a legislative assistant to Rep. David Scott, focusing on education, labor and other social policy issues. Leader Hoyer also promoted Troy G. Clair to Deputy Director of External Relations where he will assist with national outreach efforts. Clair served as Leader Hoyer’s Special Assistant for the past two years.

Source: Office of Rep. Steny Hoyer

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